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 email@example.com
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.
Marty Baicker, CEO