Dr. Weiner will stay on part-time to lead implementation of the organization’s Manhattan Master Plan
Project will bring the pioneering green house model of nursing home care to NEW YORK CITY
(APRIL 10, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY) Audrey Weiner, DSW, MPH, will retire as President and CEO of The New Jewish Home (Jewish Home), a post she has held since 2002, it was announced today by Board Chair Michael Luskin. The effective date of Dr. Weiner’s retirement is December 31, 2017. Dr. Weiner joined Jewish Home, one of the country’s largest and most diversified not‐for‐profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, in 1993 as Administrator for its Westchester campus.
Mr. Luskin added that the Board has asked Dr. Weiner to stay on as President of The Jewish Home’s Fund for the Aged, Inc. (The Foundation), where she will continue spearheading Jewish Home’s Manhattan Master Plan. That plan will result in The Living Center of Manhattan, a 414-bed facility on West 97th Street – the first Green House residence to be built in a major urban center. Dr. Weiner’s position at The Foundation, the fund-raising entity for The New Jewish Home, will be a part-time position.
The West 97th Street facility will house 22 residences and a 150-bed rehabilitation center, all designed and operated according to the groundbreaking person-directed Green House model of eldercare. Green House residents live in large homes rather than in a traditional institutional nursing home environment while having access to the highest standard of skilled nursing care. Each home has 12 private bedrooms-with-baths surrounding a comfortable, spacious living room and a suburban-style kitchen where home-cooked meals are prepared each day and shared at a communal table.
Mr. Luskin said, “While Audrey will be sorely missed as our President and CEO, we are deeply honored that she has agreed to stay on to get the shovel in the ground on the Manhattan Master Plan. The Board of The New Jewish Home is passionately committed to this project and the Green House philosophy which truly is the future of elder care. Audrey’s vision, dynamic leadership and intimate knowledge of all aspects of the project are invaluable assets, and we are delighted that she will continue her work on it.”
In her role as President of the Fund for the Aged (The Foundation), Dr. Weiner will be responsible for all fund raising from both public and private sources; oversight of legal, regulatory, construction, and other approvals; and other related tasks necessary to see the project through.
Dr. Weiner said, “While it’s true that my departure as President and CEO of The New Jewish Home will give me added opportunity to spend more time with my husband, Jeffrey, our family, grandchildren and friends, this will be a retirement with a very important purpose: ensuring that older New Yorkers have access to the best quality, person-centered, skilled nursing care possible. I am eager to start this next phase of my career and will work tirelessly to bring this critically important model of care to deserving New Yorkers.”
Mr. Luskin pointed to Dr. Weiner’s extraordinary accomplishments during her tenure as President and CEO. Key among them are: embracing the Green House model of care; executing a program of culture change that puts the patient experience on a par with clinical excellence and financial stability; and overseeing a staff-wide training program that institutionalizes an understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of LGBTQ and other diverse populations. New and innovative programs have been added to The Jewish Home portfolio including a successful post-acute care division that brought together short and long term care, community based care, care management and adult day programs. In addition, the organization adopted Comfort Matters, a pioneering approach to dementia care; launched the country’s first nursing home-based geriatric substance-abuse recovery program; and created a Medicaid assisted-living residence in the Bronx.
The New Jewish Home has established a search committee and engaged the services of Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of senior-level executive search, leadership consulting, and culture-shaping worldwide, to conduct a search for the new President and CEO of The New Jewish Home.
Mr. Luskin said the new President and CEO will be in place by December 31, 2017, at which time Dr. Weiner will transition to her new post.
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Serving New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities for 168 years, The New Jewish Home is transforming eldercare as we know it. One of the nation’s largest and most diversified not‐for‐profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, Jewish Home serves 12,000 older adults each year in their homes and on two campuses through short-term rehabilitation, long‐term skilled nursing, low-income housing, and a wide range of home health programs. Jewish Home believes that high quality care and personal dignity are everyone’s right, regardless of background or economic circumstances. Technology, innovation, applied research and new models of care put The New Jewish Home at the vanguard of eldercare providers across the country. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.