Category: Recovery and Resilience
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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As a Former Home Health Aide Recovers from COVID-19, a Phone Call Can Mean so Much

While she was ill with COVID-19, Elizabeth Carroll was too weak to call her beloved daughters on her own. And her daughter Louise was filled with concern about Elizabeth’s health. Thanks to thoughtful staff members who took the time to help them FaceTime, mother and daughter were able to connect, easing their anxiety at the most stressful time.

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When COVID-19 Hits a Holocaust Survivor, The New Jewish Home Provides Comfort and Excellent Care

Ruth Robbins, a Holocaust survivor and Manhattan resident who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, has found The New Jewish Home to be a safe and welcoming place to recover. “I’m lucky to be here,” she said.

Ruth’s journey began in Salzburg, Austria in 1932. Her family was affluent and philanthropic—when she and her children visited Salzburg about 10 years ago with a group of survivors, she learned from distant relatives who still live there about her father’s generosity to the Jewish community’s needy members.

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