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Moments with Marty

Written by: CSP-Admin

Three weeks ago, I attended the Leading Age national conference in Philadelphia. Leading Age is the organization that represents the not-for-profit eldercare providers in the United States and Canada. Over 7,000 people attend the conference each year.

Shortly after I landed in Philadelphia after the 5-hour flight from Portland, I learned of the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As I walked through the terminal, I was struck by the large groups of people that had gathered around the tv monitors in the waiting in the areas. I, too, stopped and watched for a few minutes. Looking around, I noticed several people in tears. “How can something like this happen in our country?”, was the refrain I heard repeated several times.

Needless to say, the attack and its aftermath had me mournful. It was not a night to socialize. I stayed in my hotel room and watched the news.

I awoke the next morning still feeling somber. The first session of the conference started at 8:00 am Sunday morning. I had signed up for a 4-hour session on hospice. An important topic, but I wondered whether this was really the subject I needed to hear about that morning. I entered to conference to find the seats were filling up quickly. I took a seat at a table with one seat remaining. We all introduced ourselves. It turned out that my tablemates were from Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic mission-based organizations in the east and mid-west. When I told them, I was from a Jewish organization, all three immediately expressed their condolences on the shooting in Pittsburgh. One even asked me what she could do that day to help. My spirits were lifted hearing their kind words to this total stranger. In retrospect, I should not have been surprised. This was after all a Leading Age conference, an organization of diverse senior care providers, whose missions are based on compassion and caring.

When I returned to CSP later in the week my spirits were lifted yet again by the generosity of spirit shown by a group of residents from Mary’s Woods, the Catholic mission-based life plan community. A group of residents had sent a beautiful note of condolence to the residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor. It appears below.

Dear Residents of Cedar Sinai Park,
It is with great sadness that we reach out to you
today in response to the shooting at the Tree of
Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in
solidarity with you as you mourn the loss of your
brothers and sisters in faith. We offer our thoughts
and prayers in hopes that it will bring you comfort
in this terrible time.

Our deepest condolences,
Residents of Mary’s Woods

As it happens, I recently finished reading the book, The Compassionate Achiever, by Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., a veteran of the United States military and intelligences services, and currently a college professor in Connecticut. In the book Kukk writes about making the world a more compassionate place. He speaks about starting at the local level with our day-to-day interactions. “All of your personal interactions are like small stones of compassion dropped into a pond, creating ripples that reach far beyond you.” I couldn’t help but think about my conversation at that table in Philadelphia, the offer to help, and the beautiful note from our friends at Mary’s Woods. The ripples from the kindness they showed reached across the country and back. “Compassion is contagious” wrote Kukk. “Your acts of compassion will make others more likely to act with compassion.”

I couldn’t agree more.


Marty Baicker, CEO
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Written by: CSP-Admin

Open enrollment for Medicare runs through December 7, 2018 for plans starting January 1, 2019.

If you want to switch from original Medicare (Part A and B) to a Medicare Advantage plan (called Medicare C), change your current Advantage plan or just understand all your options, now’s the time to do it.

If you are not familiar with Advantage plans, they are a type of Medicare offered by private companies. The companies contract with Medicare to provide you insurance. Most Medicare Advantage plans are health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or preferred provider organizations (PPOs). However, some Medicare Advantage plans are private fee-for-service plans.

An advantage to buying a Medicare Advantage plan is that they can include pharmacy coverage, as well as other supplemental coverage like dental and vision, and you may pay less in monthly premiums than you would for supplemental plans and traditional Medicare.

Don’t ignore open enrollment

If you already have a Medicare Advantage plan, you should have received your annual notice of change from that plan. Medicare Advantage plans are required to tell you of any changes for the upcoming year prior to the open enrollment period. If you don’t make changes by December 7, 2018, you won’t be able to switch until the next open enrollment period unless you face a qualifying life event. A qualifying life event includes a spouse’s death, retirement or change of job.

Your annual notice of change will tell you of any changes in the plan’s costs, benefits, coverages or service areas and rules for the upcoming year. If you are OK with the changes, you don’t have to do anything. But if you’re dissatisfied or want to change to a different Medicare Advantage plan, open enrollment is the time. It’s also time for people with original Medicare to change to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice-versa.
Medicare advantage plans vary on who handles your claims. You can check out the plans available to you in our state and their costs by visiting The Oregon Guide to Medicare Insurance Plans. https://healthcare.oregon.gov/shiba/Documents/or-medicare-guide.pdf.

Another good resource is the US government’s plan finder tool at https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx

Medicare Advantage plan financial trade-offs

According to Insurance.com, Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen over the past few years, making them more attractive. And about half of Medicare Advantage enrollees don’t pay any premiums.

The trade-off to a low premium is that you might have higher deductibles and co-insurance when you need healthcare. Also, you will pay more or may not have any coverage if you use doctors and hospitals that aren’t part of your Advantage plan’s network.

Starting in 2019, Medicare Advantage members will have more access to supplemental benefits. Nationwide, about 270 plans that provide coverage to nearly 1.5 million enrollees will have expanded benefits, including adult daycare services, in-home support services and home-based palliative care. You can learn more about supplemental benefits included in specific plans in Oregon’s 2019 Medicare guide. Some plans will offer other additional benefits, such as reduced cost sharing for people with diabetes and congestive heart failure. Not all plans will have new benefits so be sure to check.

Drug coverage likely included in a Medicare Advantage plan

Most, but not all, Medicare Advantage plans provide prescription drug coverage. If you have original Medicare, you can buy a Part D drug coverage plan separately. However, you can’t buy a Part D plan if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. Instead, look for a Medicare Advantage plan with drug coverage.

What to look for when choosing a Medicare Advantage plan

What doctors and hospitals are in the plan’s network?

Provider networks can change each year and even mid-year. If you visit particular doctors or hospitals, make sure they’re part of the plan you choose. Not all providers accept Medicare Advantage. Your long-time doctor may accept Original Medicare, but that doesn’t mean the physician accepts a specific Medicare Advantage plan. It’s best to check with your physician’s office before signing up with a plan just to make sure.

What medications am I taking?

If you’re taking prescription drugs, examine the plan’s list of covered medications carefully.

The costs of different medications can vary greatly with each plan. It may be worth your time to set up a spreadsheet with your medications and the costs under your different Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare options.

What are the plan’s maximum out-of-pocket costs?

You may want a plan that has a low out-of-pocket maximum. If you’re healthy and don’t plan to use much health care, you might want to risk a higher out-of-pocket maximum.

You also can call the plan and talk to a plan representative. (See the state guide for contact information.) If you speak with a representative to confirm that the plan you want covers all your drugs and that the doctors, hospitals and pharmacies you want to use are in its network, take notes. Keep a record of whom you spoke with and what was said.

What will my costs be in the long run?

No one can predict what healthcare you may need, but based on your claims this year you can look for the plan that has the best coverage and costs for you.

If you choose a Medicare Advantage plan and find you’re unhappy with it, you have an out. There is an annual disenrollment period from January 1st to February 14th. During this time, you can drop your Medicare Advantage plan and go back to Original Medicare. You can’t switch Medicare Advantage plans during disenrollment, but you can buy a stand-alone prescription drug plan if you drop your Advantage plan.

Moments with Marty

Written by: CSP-Admin

It’s my first spring and summer in Portland and I am astonished at how beautiful the weather has been. Beautiful blue skies and no humidity. Wow!

Since I last wrote you, I had the opportunity to chaperone my son’s five-day school trip around southern Oregon. We camped out near Crater Lake, toured the Oregon Caves, saw two plays at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and visited the Redwoods near Crescent City, California. It was an amazing trip. Oregon is incredibly beautiful. As I said to Jacob several times during the trip, “I don’t think we’re in New Jersey anymore.”

Back at CSP, things are moving along. Last week, the new Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center reached its highest census since it opened in October. While the outcomes of care and customer satisfaction continue to be excellent, our seven-month-old program has had some growing pains. As a result, we are focused on improving communication between our staff, patients, and their families.

In spite of these challenges, great things are happening at RHRC.

Here’s a recent example. This is the story of our patient, Lois S.:

On February 5th, Lois S. was admitted to the hospital to undergo tests for what she thought were routine health concerns. Those concerns were anything but routine, and by Saturday, Lois was in the Intensive Care Unit following surgery for a perforated colon which lead to infection and then to sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

With her husband and out-of-town children gathered around her, Lois spent the next 16 days in the Intensive Care Unit. Her family stood by her side as she fought to stay alive while her body battled pneumonia, a gallbladder infection, and ultimately both heart and kidney failure.

Lois fought hard – and won. After a total of seven weeks in the hospital she had recovered from the acute illnesses but was left so weak she was unable to walk or even sit up in a wheelchair.

Lois and her family were faced with a decision about her care and how to best handle her rehabilitation. She had had knee replacement surgery in the past and had experience in a rehab facility with which she was not pleased.

This time, Lois chose Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center at Cedar Sinai Park. Lois and her family had been familiar with Robison from its many decades as a nursing home, and were aware that it had undergone a recent transformation, including the addition of a state-of-the-art rehab facility.

“Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center is quite a gift our community has provided”, Lois shared. “The largest part of my recovery is due to the dedicated therapists and nursing staff at Robison.”

Although Lois entered Robison unable to even sit up in a wheelchair, she left Robison on June 26th, walking tall, with just the help of a walker.

“The staff was devoted to me and my care and showed me an outpouring of warmth and support”, Lois said. “The first time I stood – with the help of a harness and machine – nearly every staff member came to my room and congratulated me. Everyone was so encouraging, and their support made all the difference.”

Lois left Robison Rehab on June 26th but, as with all patients, will be remembered by the staff with whom she formed relationships. With its 44-suites and strong staff-to-patient ratios, Robison is small enough for highly personalized care, and large enough to offer expert care services and therapy.

“I wasn’t a patient to them, I was Lois. They knew me as a person”, Lois added. “They take a personal interest in you. As you walk down the hall, every single person greets you. This attitude from staff added to the excellent care I received, and I would recommend Robison Rehab to anyone.”

Lois’s recovery is not only a testament to her tenacity but also to the professionalism and dedication of the RHRC staff. I want to take this opportunity to recognize the commitment of our devoted staff. We could not do this without them.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like a personal tour of RHRC or if I can help you with anything else.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


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Marty Baicker, CEO


Written by: Nathan Greg


The Kind and Queen of Cedar Sinai Park's Rose Festival Celebrations
Cedar Sinai Park Rose King and Queen Coronation in the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living

Originally published in Oregon Jewish Life – DEBORAH MOON JUNE 13, 2018

CSP staff serving food were, from left, Tammy Heard, Autumn Dorfman, Priscila Rossi, Angelo Turner, Rachel Stephens and Jemi Mansfield.
Cedar Sinai Park Life Enrichment Team members, from left, Phoenix Barrow, Heather Sprinkle and Sarah Whisenhunt pose in front of one of the classic cars on display launching the “Through the Decades” Rose Festival celebration at CSP.

CSP staff serving food were, from left, Tammy Heard, Autumn Dorfman, Priscila Rossi, Angelo Turner, Rachel Stephens and Jemi Mansfield.
CSP staff serving food were, from left, Tammy Heard, Autumn Dorfman, Priscila Rossi, Angelo Turner, Rachel Stephens and Jemi Mansfield.


Each year, CSP picks a different Rose Festival theme. This year the theme is “Through the Decades.” Throughout the month the campus has various events, including a Roaring ’20s Party, 1970s’ tie-dye making, Singing Through the Decades, Drinking Through the Decades, and a Radical ’80s Party. Each year residents nominate a royal court that culminates with a coronation ceremony presenting the king and queen. A trip to the Rose Garden is generally part of  the festivities each year.

Throughout the summer CSP residents will be treated to patriotic-, southern- and beach-themed barbecues.

Cedar Sinai Park Life Enrichment Team members, from left, Phoenix Barrow, Heather Sprinkle and Sarah Whisenhunt pose in front of one of the classic cars on display launching the “Through the Decades” Rose Festival celebration at CSP.
Cedar Sinai Park Life Enrichment Team members, from left, Phoenix Barrow, Heather Sprinkle and Sarah Whisenhunt pose in front of one of the classic cars on display launching the “Through the Decades” Rose Festival celebration at CSP.

Cedar Sinai Park provides residential and community-based care to seniors and adults with special needs. On its campus in Southwest Portland, CSP offers a full-range of residential living options. Rose Schnitzer Manor features assisted living apartments. The Harold Schnitzer Center for Living provides  long-term intermediate nursing care in four 12-resident households. Adult Day Services offers group activities and special events in a secure location on campus. Robison Home has been transformed into the Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center, a post-acute care center providing short-term rehabilitation. Special needs housing is provided in Kehillah House on the campus.


Originally published in Oregon Jewish Life – DEBORAH MOON JUNE 13, 2018

A Moment With Marty

Written by: Nathan Greg

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 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




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.

Welcome to the new CedarSinaiPark.org!

Written by: Nathan Greg
 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


Introducing the RSM Future Resident Program

Written by: CSP-Admin

Future Resident Program


We know that moving can be a tough transition. That’s why we’ve created the Future Resident Program at Rose Schnitzer Manor. The program is open to those who have chosen to move to Rose Schnitzer Manor in the next six months and put down the $500 reservation deposit. The program allows participants to be introduced to our community and makes for a smoother transition.


The perks of the program include:

  • Four complimentary meal passes monthly to any of our dining rooms
  • Access to all programs on campus including a variety of exercise classes, art classes, discussion groups, musical entertainment, cocktail parties, lecture series, movies, and more – about 75 each week to choose from!
  • Invitations to special events and celebrations
  • Use of our weekly shopping shuttles
  • Exclusive discount to the Adult Day Services Program on our Campus

To join the program, contact our Senior Living Advisor, Polina Munblit, by phone at 503.535.4004 or by email at polina.munblit@cedarsinaipark.org.


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