Year: 2017

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


Welcome to the new CedarSinaiPark.org!

Written by: Richard Embry
 As the new CEO of Cedar Sinai Park, I welcome you to the our new and improved website! We think you will find the site easier to navigate and full of helpful information. I encourage you to check it from time to time as we expand the features and add more links to eldercare resources.
We look forward to sharing the exciting changes at Cedar Sinai Park, as we grow to better serve our community.

Martin W. Baicker, FACHE CEO of Cedar Sinai Park


Help Light Up Someone’s Life This Holiday Season

Written by: CSP-Admin
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Cedar Sinai Park is proud to co-host Jewish Family & Child Service annual Holiday Campaigns

With the generous support of the community, Jewish Family & Child Service’s and Cedar Sinai Park will brighten the holiday season for families in need through our Holiday Campaigns.

The Holiday Campaigns are a partnership with a number of local organizations. Our Partners collect food items and/or gifts and needed household items for families and individuals served through these two important endeavors. Partners may choose to participate in collecting items for Thanksgiving Food Boxes or adopting families for the Mitzvah Menorah/Adopt-a-Family campaign – some partners support both efforts.

The Holiday Campaigns wouldn’t be possible without the help of the following Partners:

Bilal Masjid
Beit Haverim
Cedar Sinai Park
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Shaarie Torah
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Jewish Boy Scout Troop 739
Jewish Cub Scout Troop 739
Kol Shalom
Maayan Torah Day School
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Moishe House Portland
Portland Jewish Academy

We have also received a generous grant from The Turner Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to help support our Thanksgiving Food Box campaign.

The Thanksgiving Food Box campaign will provide 150 households with the ingredients for a delicious and nutritious dinner including turkey and all the trimmings.

Mitzvah Menorah/The Adopt-a-Family campaign will brighten the Hanukkah or Christmas holiday for 50 individuals or families by providing things they need such as household items, clothing, and toys for young children.

There are lots of ways you can help us to meet our goals and brighten many lives!

Provide cash donations

Although the community contributes much of the food and many of the gift items, there are always gaps that need to be filled with purchased items. JFCS depends on cash donations in order to shop for the remaining items. Your cash donation is critical to meeting our goals.
Donate here!

Support Mitzvah Menorah / Adopt- A-Family

Make a family’s holiday wishes come true by shopping for their specific needs. JFCS will match you anonymously with a family who would not otherwise have gifts at this time of year. You can shop based on their requests or simply donate gift cards.

Contribute food or gifts

Community partners serve as collection sites for specific food items and/or gifts. After November 1st you can contact them directly to find out what they are collecting and where to drop off your donations.


Join us for one or both work-party / delivery days:
Sunday, November 20: Thanksgiving Food Boxes – assembling the ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving dinner into a box and/or delivering the boxes to needy families.
Sunday, December 18: Mitzvah Menorah / Adopt-a-Family – wrapping holiday gifts, assembling them into bundles and/or delivering the gifts to needy households.

View more about volunteer opportunities here.

When the community comes together, great things happen!


Eldercare 101

Written by: CSP-Admin

A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care and Wellbeing

with Mary Jo Saavedra
Mary Jo Saavedra will present practical approaches to the challenges of eldercare management covering all aspects of aging in this informative presentation.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 13
Time: 1:30 – 3:00
Place: Zidell Hall
Cost: No Charge

Let Us Help You Take The First Step

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We at Rose Schnitzer Manor know it’s hard to make a move, that’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Let us know by March 31, 2017, that you’re interested in making Rose Schnitzer Manor your home at a future date and we’ll help with your move-in costs. We think it’s pretty special community here and would love to have you join us.

Residents and Board Member Shabbat Dinner

Written by: CSP-Admin

The residents of Cedar Sinai Park and the Board Members, enjoy a wonderful Shabbat dinner and services at Rose Schnitzer Manor. See photos from the evening here.


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