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The Joys of Performing a Mitzvah


Cedar Sinai Park is coordinating a great Mitzvah on behalf of the Portland Jewish Community. A family traveling to give a lecture at Reed College faced an unexpected medical emergency. Unfortunately, one of the family members had a stroke and is receiving care at OHSU. He will need to stay local for medical attention for an additional month.

Fortunately, we are able to provide an apartment at Rose Schnitzer Manor for the family to use during this time. They will have a place to rest, warm meals, and the support of our community. As the family is 3,000 miles away from their home, Cedar Sinai Park’s ability to help is a true Mitzvah. We are honored to provide a home to this traveling family in need and appreciate our community’s thoughts and prayers.

15 Great Years – Thank You Edna!

We all  love the excuse to eat cake!

We all love the excuse to eat cake!

Yesterday, residents and staff at Rose Schnitzer Manor said goodbye to our dear friend, Edna. She is adored and respected by all who had the opportunity to work with her. Edna Woods was joined by over 35 residents and staff in the Rosenfeld Lobby to share stories and eat cake.

David Kohnstromm, spoke about Edna’s infectious smile, love, and dedication for the residents. A few people shared memories, and one individual proclaimed “no one mentioned her beauty and grace yet!” Others clapped and smiled demonstrating they feel the same way. A gift of a beautiful necklace was presented as a token of Rose Schnitzer Manor’s dwellers appreciation. The room was filled with love, heartfelt goodbyes, tears, and well wishes.

Edna started her career 15 years ago as a receptionist, and her passion lead her to working with health services having more direct connections with the occupants. The skills she learned at Cedar Sinai Park will continue to serve her as she moves back to Connecticut to be a care giver for her mother. She is excited to join her siblings for family dinners and excursions to the movies. We are going to miss her and wish her the best of luck for her future!

Edna and Dorris laughing about their shared time together.

Edna and Dorris laughing about their shared time together.

Edna showing her new necklace and saying her goodbyes.

Edna showing her new necklace and saying her goodbyes.

Keeping Up With The News


Sharon & Priscilla laughing about their memories of drive in movies.

Sharon & Priscilla laughing about their memories of drive in movies.


Every morning at Cedar Sinai Park’s Adult Day Services program a review of the news occurs. A discussion of the big new stories as well as what has happened in the past on this date, kicks off the day. Daily the staff will introduce themselves, remind people of the date, and provide the weekly weather forecast.

This routine is comforting to the participants as they know that it will happen each time they come in. As many people have read newspapers their entire lives, it is an opportunity to continue their habits. Nancy Heckler, Program Coordinator, mentions that the news hour stimulates memories that encourages reminiscing and thoughts about current events that leads to great conversations.

Recently, the Adult Day Services has utilized technology to make this daily activity more interactive. They have an IPad that syncs up to a television that shows images to the entire group at once. This device enables the staff to find on-demand information about facts, songs or images to share in quickly. Often, these ques help the participants remember stories of their past.

Last week, we talked about Portland’s Junior Rose Parade and saw images of the Portland youth who were dressed in costumes and participating in marching bands. We then discussed the history of drive in movies, the first opened in 1933. Images of movie posters, tickets, and old cars filled the screen. A lively conversation about drive in movies brought to light the love of popcorn and the chance to neck.

The news hour wrapped up with opening the floor to the participants to share stories that they had heard or read recently and a snack of cookies and juice. What a great daily tradition!

Roger is enjoying the news about current events

Roger is enjoying the news about current events

Family-Style Dining Comes to Levi Neighborhood

Family Dining at Levi, RJHC 080111-8

Health Services Coordinator Dorcas Kish with resident Bertha Rose, Levi Hall, 8/1/11

Following Monday’s ribbon-cutting, Levi and Issachar Neighborhood residents at Robison Jewish Health Center‘s Residential Care Facility, or Robison Residence, now have an additional choice of location and dining style in their neighborhood: a family-style lunch and dinner area.

To create the new experience, Health Services Coordinator Dorcas Kish and Culinary and Nutrition Services Coordinator Mary Beck and their respective colleagues had converted a solarium at the end of Levi Neighborhood.

Dorcas said, “I would like to thank all of the Robison Residence staff including Judy, Maria, Shannon, Jane, Janneth, Craig, Margarita, Frank,  and Tammy for all of the work and ideas to make this a success.  We measure success by residents’, families’, and visitors’ satisfaction.”

Residents have already started commenting on the new dining experience. One said, “Is this a new part of the building? It looks like home.”; while another said, “Can I eat here every day? It is so nice.”

While the central dining room remains an option, residents who call Robison Residence their home will be able to use the smaller and quieter environment to alternate their lunch or dinner locations. Dorcas and Mary also emphasized that they “continue to welcome family members to join their loved ones at meal time.”

Following Cedar Sinai Park’s philosophy, the Robison Residence strives to provide choice and comfort to all its residents. The additional dining space is another opportunity to expand their options and enjoy a smaller, family-style dining.

Chief Program Officer Kimberly Fuson said, “This is person-centered care in action. The staff did this all on their own.”

Teaching & Learning Benefits Students, Staff and Residents

The Robison Jewish Health Center is a teaching and learning site for area nursing schools like Concordia, PCC, OHSU and Linfield-Good Samaritan Hospital. At Robison, nursing students have a unique opportunity to learn about an interdisciplinary approach to care.  Interdisciplinary teams consist of nurses, social workers, doctors, activity professionals, culinary staff, nursing assistants and more.

At Robison, students learn how to work as a team to enhance the care and and quality of life for elders. Nursing students get a hands-on learning approach to person-directed care and supporting residents’ ability to live as independently as possible. Students also learn about transitions of care from home to hospital, assisted living facilities, rehab, and nursing homes and how it affects people emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Recently, a nursing student interviewed Robison resident Millie Miller as part of a learning assignment. Millie wrote about her interview experience. Here’s what Millie had to say about the nursing students:

“They are intelligent, hardworking people who are paying to put [themselves] through nursing school. They ask pertinent questions and I’m happy to answer. Sometimes I tell them what nurses were like when I was young — in the 70’s and 80’s.  They are very interested and we have great conversations.”

The students are always appreciative of the experience here at the Robison Home. And the residents and staff all benefit from the experience.

Thank You Card to Robison Staff
Linfield College Good Samaritan School of Nursing

Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing

Cedar Sinai Park will be presenting at this year’s Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing Conference, an event spearheaded by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) and the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to showcase outcomes of 13 projects designed to improve the cultural competence of nurses. The conference takes place on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Governor Hotel.

Cedar Sinai Park’s Cultural Competence in Nursing project began by engaging diversity consultants to provide four train-the-trainer cultural competence sessions with pre-selected CSP nurses. The purpose of these train-the-trainer sessions was to prepare nurses to take on new leadership roles in guiding other staff members in cultural competence through nurse-led training workshops.

The nurse-led workshops were guided by two core values — community participation and hands-on learning. Hands-on learning with interactive exercises provided staff members with the opportunity to reflect on one’s own construct of cultural competence and fostered social responsibility and caring for others.

Promising practices developed through the CSP’s project include the following:

  • Allocate sufficient time for cultural competence training and in-services in order to foster personal growth and development of team partnerships.
  • Work toward creating safe environments by acknowledging and accepting that individuals have diverse world views.

CSP’s project granted staff the time and space to develop a new lexicon for exploring and discussing cultural competence. Fresh insights were described as guiding lights for a new way to approach openness, respect and celebration of diversity. And finally, the project has both empowered and inspired nurse leaders to take the next important steps toward long-term sustainability.