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Craig Hutchins wins “Caring Spirit” Award!

Craig HutchinsCraig Hutchins, a Certified Medical Assistant at Cedar Sinai Park’s Robison Jewish Health Center has received a statewide award for his positive “can do” attitude with the elders he serves.

Hutchins was honored at the LeadingAge Oregon Annual Conference, held May 18 – 22 in Redmond, Oregon. LeadingAge Oregon is a statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed aging service organizations and communities.

Hutchins received the “Caring Spirit” Award, which recognizes an individual who continuously exemplifies service and dedication in his or her profession within direct elder care.

A Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and shift supervisor, Hutchins is known for his smile and flexibility around the needs and wants of the residents. His willingness to work as a member of the team for the best quality of care and an excellent work environment for his co-workers is demonstrated on a daily basis. In everything Craig does, his attention to detail, his caring attitude towards residents and his dedication to the highest possible level of care and quality of life proves the commitment he has for the individuals he serves.

About LeadingAge Oregon

LeadingAge Oregon is the statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, care and services to the elderly and disabled. The LeadingAge Oregon mission is to represent and promote the common interests of its members through leadership, advocacy, education and other services to enhance members’ ability to serve the elderly. LeadingAge Oregon members— nursing, residential care, assisted living, housing and continuing care retirement facilities, and senior service agencies— serve more than 16,000 older Oregonians with a commitment to meeting their total needs. For more information, visit

Please welcome Sandra C. Simon!

sandra head shotWe are thrilled to share that Sandra C. Simon has joined Cedar Sinai Park as Chief Operating Officer, having moved into her new office on Monday, July14th.

“Sandra comes to us with such an amazing background and skills in elder care services and as a leader in the Jewish community,” said David Fuks, CSP Chief Executive Officer. “We are so very excited to have her on board with us now.”

Most recently, Ms. Simon was Chief Administrative Officer of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, where she oversaw a 478-bed skilled nursing hospital and a 13-bed geriatric acute psychiatric hospital.

Ms. Simon was born in Portland, but spent much of her life in California. She has previously managed adult day centers and other programs serving elders. As CSP’s COO, she will have management responsibilities for all programs and services.

Affordable Housing November Newsletters Out

Cedar Sinai Park is the general partner for four affordable housing buildings in downtown Portland. The buildings are accessible to all the resources of downtown and are designated for people over the age of 62, or people with disabilities. Currently, all four buildings have a waiting list and we encourage those who may need this resource to plan ahead by putting your name on the waiting list.

Each of the four buildings have their own coffee meet ups and available activities. You can see a sample newsletter for each building by clicking on the following names: Rose Schnitzer Tower, The 1200 Building, The Park Tower Apartments, and Lexington Apartments.

Sisterhood’s Fall Faire

Sisterhood Fall Faire

Sisterhood Fall Faire

It may have been raining non-stop the weekend of September 29 but that didn’t stop Sisterhood members to gather and participate in the Second Sisterhood Fall Faire, The event co-chaired by Christi Goodman and Michelle Gradow encouraged people to browse the latest fall trends and inspirations. The faire was held in Zidell Hall at Rose Schnitzer Manor. Some of the wonderful vendors that showcased their goods were Mother Peach Caramels, Ruby Jewel, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Chico’s, Buddies Floral, Salon 13, and Posh Lingerie.

Co-Chair, Michelle Gradow, was happy to introduce Consigning Woman, a designer consignment shop in Lake Oswego. She was excited to bring the boutique to the event so that other women could see the treasures that can be purchased at the store, as well as, provide tips of what they could bring in to be co-signed. The faire was a great venue for members of the Sisterhood to explore local businesses. For additional information on Sisterhood, visit

Back-to-school BBQ

IMG_6302This years “Backpack to School” barbecue brought families of both residents and staff out to enjoy the Portland summer sunshine. Cedar Sinai Park partnered with Vital Life to distribute over 60 backpacks to our employee’s children. The backpacks contain over $100 worth of school supplies, preparing the youngins for the upcoming school year. Throughout the afternoon the children played carnival games, got their faces painted, and jumped in the bouncy houses.

Residents were thoroughly delighted to meet Cedar Sinai Park staff member’s children. The fresh smells and tastes of BBQ filled the warm afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the popcorn, cotton candy, and snow-cones in celebration of returning to school. Live music was provided by ACMA (Arts & Community Magnet Academy) jazz band that provided a lively version of Hava Negilia.

IMG_6357We are thankful that for USY (United Synagogue Youth) teens that helped run are carnival games. We are also appreciative to the Moishe House, a community of young Jewish adults who participate in monthly repair the world opportunities, for volunteering. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with both of these groups again.

The magic of the afternoon happened when our residents handed the backpacks to the children. They were intrigued to know about the grades they were attending, what they were looking forward to in the upcoming school year and sharing about their grandchildrenIMG_6164. The pride and joy they felt was palpable. We are excited to partner with Vital Life to make this an annual tradition loved by both staff and the residents.

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.