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A Moment With Marty

Written by: Richard Embry

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

“I am proud to join the Cedar Sinai Park community as its new CEO. CSP is an organization with a strong history of innovation and community support…”

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

Happy New Year!

I have been so impressed with the people I have met in my first few months at CSP. From the dedication of our staff to the hard work of our volunteers and the incredible generosity of our donors; the support of the entire CSP family makes it possible for us to provide the highest level of care to the community we serve.

Every week I hear stories about the great work going on across our campus. This month I want recognize our Culinary, Housekeeping, and Maintenance departments. Their work sometimes goes unnoticed but it is so critical to the experience of our residents and patients. They build close relationships with residents just like our direct caregivers. Join me as I salute these “unsung heroes” who do great work mostly out of the view of our residents.

The stories I hear about our dedicated caregivers are often quite moving. Let me tell you about Terri, an original Shabazz in the Stern Greenhouse and a five-year employee at CSP. One of the residents of the Stern House wanted chocolate milk after dinner. Terri knew that meeting the wishes of our elders is central to the Greenhouse philosophy. She also knew that kashrut meant we could not serve dairy after a meat dinner. Terri was undeterred. She went on a search for chocolate milk that could be served with a meat meal. On her own time and with her own money she shopped and brought in a non-dairy chocolate milk. The resident was thrilled. Terri’s act of kindness and generosity represents the caring and compassion in all of our staff.
I recently had the opportunity to visit with some long-time supporters of CSP, meeting some of them for the very first time. They were extremely interested in what was happening on campus. How were the Greenhouses doing? Was the new post-acute unit meeting its goals? How was the RSM census? How are we working to improve the quality of care? It was clear from our conversations that they are very invested in CSP’s mission and the people we care for. Their generous support has made it possible to provide all the innovative programs and services we are doing at CSP.
In the life of a nursing home, there is no more important event than the annual licensing survey. It provides an assessment of the care we are providing at any given time. It is a nerve-wracking six days for everyone. We just completed our annual survey at the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living and the Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center. I’m happy to report we had a very successful survey! Thank you to Administrator Mike Martynowicz, Medical Director Dr. Kirsten Carr, Director of Nursing Richard Westom and the entire staff of our nursing home. Great progress has been made, but there is more work to do.
The Harold Schnitzer Center for Living is currently full and there is a waiting list. The new Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center is doing well. The census continues to exceed the budget, and the clinical outcomes for our first patients show that we are providing outstanding rehabilitative care. If you have not yet seen the new RHRC, please contact me directly for a tour. I can be reached at 503-535-4413 or at martin.baicker@cedarsinaipark.org.
I hope you can join us for our upcoming Homecoming Celebration on May 4-6. We are dedicating the new chapel, celebrating the complete transformation of CSP, hosting a carnival, and recognizing our generous donors. Keep an eye on your mail for more information soon.
As always, thank you for your support of CSP.

 

Warmest Regards,

Marty Baicker, CEO

 

 

 


A Moment With Marty

Written by: Richard Embry

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

“I am proud to join the Cedar Sinai Park community as its new CEO. CSP is an organization with a strong history of innovation and community support…”

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

 

I am proud to join the Cedar Sinai Park community as its new CEO. CSP is an organization with a strong history of innovation and community support.

My family and I are happily adjusting to our new life in Portland. The moving boxes are slowly disappearing as we settle into our new home, and I think we’ve finally mastered the Portland recycling rules. My wife, Kelly, and I are extremely grateful for the warm welcome we have received since our arrival. I also want to thank David Fuks for his support and guidance during my transition.

My first few weeks have been dedicated to meeting face-to-face with as many residents, staff, volunteers, and board and community members as possible. As the transformation of CSP continues, this newsletter will be one of the ways I will regularly update you on CSP happenings.

On October 23, CSP opened the Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center (RHRC). Within two days, we admitted our first patient, and as of now, we’re at seven patients. I’m happy to report we are ahead of initial projections.

The Robison Center provides support for patients recovering from surgery, strokes, accidents, and other major health traumas. The Center provides a full range of support services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. Shorter lengths of stay continue to be a key healthcare trend. The Robison Center provides the highest quality of care to help patients get better and return home as quickly and safely as possible. Depending on diagnosis, patients may stay anywhere from a week to 60 days, with most patient stays averaging two weeks. This means the RHRC census will fluctuate greatly due to these varying lengths of stay. We are closely monitoring the satisfaction of our patients as well as the outcomes of care. This information will be used to market the program to new patients.

At Rose Schnitzer Manor, we have seen the census increase, and it is now slightly above budget for the year. The leadership at RSM is focusing on improving the dining experience, including an upgraded menu and level of service provided. We added a dining room manager earlier this year to focus on improving RSM dining area services. Thanks to the generous support of Jim Winkler, we now have Philippe Boulot, a local award-winning chef, advising our culinary staff on all aspects of the dining operation. Keep your eyes out for some exciting improvements in the very near future.

I continue to be impressed with CSP’s community support. We are extremely appreciative of and grateful for every single Robison Center renovation campaign donor and for Harold Schnitzer Center for Living’s donors. Whether you contributed your time, expertise, or money, we couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you.

Our Adult Day Service program has moved back into its beautifully renovated space within the Robison Center. The updated, larger space accommodates more participants and will enable improved programming. ADS not only encourages socialization but allows our elders to stay in their homes. If you have not visited the program, please reach out to me. I will be happy to arrange a tour.

We continue to search for an Executive Director for Sinai In-Home Care. Interviews of several qualified candidates are scheduled over the next few weeks. The integration of Sinai In-Home into CSP continues as construction begins shortly on new office space for Sinai In-Home within the RHRC. It is expected to be completed by February of 2018.

We welcome Ruth Scott as the Interim Director of Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS). Ruth has a long track record of successful leadership transition guidance of nonprofit agencies. The JFCS board will soon form a search committee to seek a permanent Director of the agency.

We say farewell to Caroline Becker, Chief Human Resources Officer, this month as she moves on to an opportunity in the private sector. We thank Caroline for her contributions during her two- plus years at CSP and wish her all the best in the next phase of her career.

Board President Liz Lippoff and I recently attended the Leading Age national conference in New Orleans. Leading Age is the trade association and advocacy group that represents not-for-profit providers of elder care. Over 7,000 people attended the conference. A major theme noted during the conference is the federal government’s increasing reliance on quality data to determine the reimbursement nursing homes will receive. Starting late 2018, nursing homes will be penalized financially if they fail to meet new quality criteria. CSP’s Housing with Services program was highlighted during a session presentation by Howard Klink.

CSP continues to focus on improving the quality of care throughout our campus. As part of these efforts, we have brought on new Nursing Department leadership. Please join me in welcoming Richard Westom as the Director of Nursing for the Robison Jewish Health Center. Richard brings with him many years of long-term care experience.

I hope this note has been helpful. It is very important to me that we keep our supporters up to date on the latest from CSP. Please look for a new edition of “A Moment with Marty” each month. If you have any questions about this edition or anything else related to CSP, please feel free to contact me directly at Martin.Baicker@cedarsinaipark.org.

In this season of giving thanks, we count our many blessings at Cedar Sinai Park. I look forward to our continued efforts to keep CSP a strong, vibrant, compassionate community for all who come here for care.

 

Warmest Regards,

Marty Baicker, CEO

 


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