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No Place Like Home for Eric Dietz, Sarah Neuman’s Director of Therapeutic Recreation & Meaning

There’s something especially gratifying about a homecoming story, and that is certainly the case for Eric Dietz, the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Meaning at The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman.  

An integral part of the nursing home’s leadership team, Eric is responsible for programming all individual and group activities that not only provide important recreational opportunities for residents, but also fulfill critical therapeutic, cognitive and social functions as well.

The programs arranged by Eric and his staff help provide a continuity of meaning and purpose to daily life at Sarah Neuman.

“I get fulfillment watching people do something they enjoy. That’s even more magnified when you can create joy in a clinical environment when so many other factors can present obstacles,” Eric says.  “But when a resident finds something they haven’t done in years and it helps makes a connection, all of a sudden something clicks. It’s like a light comes on and makes everything brighter.”

A Westchester native who attended Mamaroneck High School only a mile down the road, Eric is now in his second stint with Sarah Neuman. His first time around was straight out of college.

“That was my first job after I graduated,” Eric recalls. “It was a great experience, but I moved out of state to pursue my career at another facility. I didn’t think at the time I would eventually be back as director, but here I am and I love it.”

Eric never lost touch with his former colleagues, and when the position opened after he was back in New York, he jumped at the opportunity.

He is candid about the challenges of his job and sets the bar high for himself and his staff.

“This is a very difficult job to do well. You have to be creative and find the right connections that enable meaningful experiences and interactions, and you cannot be complacent. You are always rethinking the way you do things, trying to come up with new twists.” he says.

A twist Eric recently arranged that proved to be an instant phenomenon is an art program called “Colored Canvas,” an instructional painting series with local artist, Hansel Sanchez. While art classes have been a staple for years, Colored Canvas teaches residents how to use bold colors and abstract shapes, in the style of the instructor who typically commissions large modern pieces for serious art collectors.

Residents really loved the experience, according to Eric who met the artist through mutual friends. After a series of conversations where the two connected after learning Hansel’s mother is also a nursing home resident, Eric convinced him to teach classes in the evenings at Sarah Neuman.

Residents took to Colored Canvas right away, although it was a bit of an adjustment for Hansel. “There is usually a learning curve with most instructors and volunteers we bring in,” Eric explains. “Part of my job is teaching them how to interact with the residents. You have to adjust to them – their pace and their abilities. Not the other way around. But once people get it, that’s when special connections with residents can happen. That’s where the real value comes in. You can see it happen and it’s special.”

Mark Weiss

CFO, Mark Weiss Interviewed in American Healthcare Leader

Learn more about The New Jewish Home’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Weiss as he is interviewed in American Healthcare Leader. His unique expertise from a finance and operations point of view helps him accomplish the New Jewish Home’s mission to empower older adults to enhance their purpose and well-being through a portfolio of innovative healthcare services. Read the full article from American Healthcare Leader here.

The New Jewish Home offers health and rehabilitation care to older adults in Manhattan, Westchester and the Bronx. Contact us today.

Sandra Mundy, Administrator at The New Jewish Home's Manhattan campus

Manhattan Administrator Sandra Mundy receives awards from McKnight’s and United Hospital Fund

Recently, McKnight’s announced its 2022 Veteran VIP class for its Women of Distinction awards, and Sandra Mundy, Manhattan Administrator, was one of twelve women leaders in the country to receive this honor. Additionally, earlier this month, Sandra was notified that she will receive the United Hospital Fund’s Tribute to Excellence in Health Care Award on May 9 at Cipriani. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Sandra!

Tanya Isaacs - Crain’s New York Business 2022 Notable Black Leaders And Executives

Tanya Isaacs, The New Jewish Home’s SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, recognized by Crain’s New York Business

Crain’s New York Business recently released its list of Notable Black Leaders and Executives for 2022 and we are delighted to announce that Tanya Isaacs, our SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, has been included! Since joining The New Jewish Home in 2021, Tanya oversaw the successful renewal of collective bargaining agreements with four separate health care unions, launched a diversity and inclusion initiative, and successfully led efforts to recruit and retain nursing staff during a severe workforce shortage. Please join us in congratulating Tanya on this great achievement!

Crain’s New York Business 2022 Notable Black Leaders And Executives

From left: Dr. Jeffrey Farber, President & CEO of The New Jewish Home; Karen Flam, Vice-Chair of AJAS Board Of Directors; Freddy Valentin, Associate Systems Administrator at The New Jewish Home and Don Shulman, President & CEO of AJAS.  

Recognizing Our Staff – Freddy Valentin

The Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) has selected our Associate Systems Administrator Freddy Valentin as its 2022 Humanitarian of the Year. Thank you to Karen Flam and Don Shulman of AJAS, for coming to The New Jewish Home to surprise Freddy with the good news! Freddy was chosen for demonstrating compassion and courage while going beyond his regular job duties and volunteering in the nursing home during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. His dedication to our mission inspired many colleagues to follow his path and volunteer as well. Please join us in congratulating Freddy on this well-deserved achievement!

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Stephanie Le

Assistant Medical Director Dr. Stephanie Le Instills Collaboration in our Team of Mount Sinai Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

Stephanie Le always aspired to be a doctor like her father, a radiologist who worked for the U.S. Army. And she quickly found that geriatrics was the specialty for her. She did her residency in internal medicine at Boston University, which has a strong geriatrics program. “I love working with older people,” she said. “They are great to talk to, they tell wonderful stories, and they are grateful for the care. When I applied for fellowships, I focused on New York and I was fortunate to get into Mount Sinai for geriatric and palliative care.”

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Beverly Williams Solutions at Home

Solutions at Home and Beverly Williams Set Up Support for Older Adults to Comfortably and Safely Age at Home

Under the leadership of Director of Nursing Beverly Williams, Solutions at Home makes it possible for older adults to age at home, filling in where family members would if they could — making sure there are groceries and other supplies in the house, coordinating doctors’ visits and providing transportation to appointments, navigating the complexities of health care systems, and more.

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