Category: Recovery and Resilience
Lilian Gomez, a health care professional at The New Jewish Home’s Manhattan campus

A Caring Nurse Keeps COVID-19 Patients Connected With Their Families

Lilian Gomez has faced challenges before. As a young woman, she emigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic and built a new life for herself. And she experienced one of the most challenging years of her life, she says, when she studied to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). “My daughter was little at the time,” Lilian says, “and it was very hard going to school full-time and working full-time. I had classes from Monday through Friday, then I worked double shifts Saturday and Sunday.” 

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Faerella (Fae) Boczko, Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

How We’re Helping COVID-19 Patients Breathe and Communicate

When patients arrive at The New Jewish Home with tracheostomies after being hospitalized for COVID-19, their speech, breathing and swallowing are impaired. Our Department of Speech-Language and Swallowing Disorders — known for its excellent care — is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients like these.

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Rosalie Gordon, a native New Yorker who survived COVID-19

How a Bronx Native Beat Polio and Now COVID-19

COVID-19 is not Rosalie Gordon’s first epidemic. She was just 5 ½ years old when she got polio, six months before the vaccine arrived. Paralyzed from the chest down, she endured four surgeries between the ages of 10 and 12, happily regaining the use of her legs. These days, Rosalie uses a wheelchair to get around. 

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Elvira Donovan

She Got COVID-19 on Her 90th Birthday but Beat the Odds

Her name is Elvira, but loved ones call her Vera. A talented woman who raised two daughters in the Bronx, New York with deep faith and willpower, her strength has helped her conquer many obstacles. Recently, her daughters and friends have been awed by her ability to overcome illness, including COVID-19. 

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female mature health care worker

A Team Effort: Pitching in to Solve the PPE Problem

At The New Jewish Home, keeping a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in stock is always important. Long before most of us had given much thought to masks, gowns, and gloves, Michael Jurist — vice president of facilities and material management — and his team made sure we had enough PPE on hand to keep our staff, residents and patients safe.

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visiting nurse Zoila O'Keefe

National Nurses Week: Here’s How One of Our Home Care Nurses Shares Kindness Across New York City

Each morning, Zoila O’Keefe loads her car with enough PPE (personal protective equipment) — masks, gloves, gowns — to protect herself and her patients throughout the day. She’s a home care nurse who sees between five and six patients daily in Westchester County, the Bronx, and Manhattan. These days, two or three of those visits are to COVID-19 survivors recovering at home after hospital stays.

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At a challenging time, a young doctor at The New Jewish Home finds the confidence to cope

A chance encounter with a resident during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis gave Dr. Daniel Gaballa the confidence to navigate in a challenging environment.

Before COVID-19, Dr. Gaballa visited The New Jewish Home just once a month to see a small group of patients as part of his training in geriatric medicine. Having already completed training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Gaballa is now pursuing a two-year geriatrics fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

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Making a Milestone Birthday Special in a Time of Physical Distance

Birthdays are a highlight of life at The New Jewish Home. Visits from family members who come to celebrate with residents infuse energy into the entire facility. Even during the pandemic, when visitors are not permitted, thoughtful staff members have found ways to make birthday celebrations possible amidst the crisis.

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