Dr. Christine Ritchie, Jewish Home-based Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research in Aging, has been awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award. This award recognizes a physician leader who has advanced the field of palliative care by the education of the next generation of palliative care leaders.
Kol Haneshama, the nationally recognized end-of-life/hospice volunteer program at the Jewish Home, run in partnership with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Zen Hospice Project, adds yet another award to its roster of recognition – the 2013 Annette W. & Herbert H. Lichterman Outstanding Programming Award, in association with Partners in Senior Life. Formerly known as Associates of Jewish Homes and Services for the Aging, Partners’ purpose is to provide education, leadership development, networking, and support to its members; to improve the effectiveness of its respective organizations; and to enrich the quality of life for the elderly entrusted to its members’ care. Membership is comprised of Jewish-sponsored homes and services for older adults.
Recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of geriatric clinical pharmacology, Dr. Janice Schwartz, director of the Jewish Home of San Francisco Center for Research on Aging, is the recipient of the 2012 American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology.
The largest scientific and professional organization serving the discipline of clinical pharmacology, ASCPT consists of over 2,100 professionals committed to promoting and advancing the science and practice of human pharmacology and therapeutics. The Society focuses on improving the understanding and use of existing drug therapies, and developing safer and more effective treatments for the future.
Kol Haneshama, the nationally recognized end-of-life/hospice volunteer program at the Jewish Home, run in partnership with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Zen Hospice Project, has added an Aging Services of California’s 2011 Community Service award to its impressive and deserving list of honors.
Says the Home’s Rabbi Sheldon Marder of this program: “Because some of our residents do not have family, or their families live far away, they may approach the end of their lives alone. The reason we started this program is simple: We want every resident to have a meaningful relationship with another person during their last months of life. Kol Haneshama enables us to reassure a family member who lives outside the area that their loved one has a caring, dependable friend. Our volunteers, known as spiritual care partners, are performing the religious obligation of bikur cholim, visiting the sick. And they do it with joy, passion, and dedication.”
In recognition of the comprehensive scope of these programs and services, and the lifestyle the Home affords its residents, for the fourth year running, the Home achieved first place for the best retirement residence in San Francisco in the j.’s (Jewish news weekly of Northern California) Readers’ Choice Awards, which selects the best of the Bay Area through a community-wide survey. For the second year in a row, the Home was awarded second place for Alzheimer’s care.
The Jewish Home has been awarded the Seal of Excellence by Independent Charities of America. This Seal is given to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the United States government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the million charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000 (or 5 percent) meet or exceed these standards, and of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal of Excellence.
Tie for 1st-place best retirement residence in San Francisco in the j.’s (Jewish news weekly of Northern California) Readers’ Choice Awards, which selects the best of the Bay Area. (This is the third time the Home has achieved the top spot; on the previous two occasions it was the solo winner.) This year, the Home was also awarded 2nd place for Alzheimer’s care.
Jewish Home physician Dr. Theresa Allison and research partner Raphael Tito Balbino were invited to present the results from the pilot phase of their longitudinal project at the Presidential poster session of the American Geriatrics Society’s 2009 annual scientific meeting in Chicago, Ill., April 30 - May 3. Entitled Creating and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships in End-Stage Dementia, and laying out the caregiving relationships Jewish Home staff, volunteers, and family members have with end-stage dementia residents, theirs was the winning poster at the session.
Rabbi Sheldon Marder, the Jewish Home’s chaplain and director of Jewish Life, received the 2008 Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) Mentor of the Year Award, recognizing his longtime commitment to mentoring others, and paying tribute to his excellence in mentoring. Comprised of over 125 organizations with Jewish-sponsored nursing homes, housing communities, and outreach programs throughout the United States and Canada, AJAS functions to promote the unique role and mission of Jewish-sponsored not-for-profit organizations serving the aging.
The Jewish Home's Kol Haneshama program, which involves training and collaboration with volunteers in order to enhance the Home's end-of-life services to residents and their families, is the recipient of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties’ “Awards of Excellence” Program of the Year award. Through its annual recognition awards, the JCF pays tribute to an exemplary group of individuals and programs that have made outstanding contributions to the Bay Area Jewish Community. This award recognizes an outstanding program that has made a significant impact on the Jewish community within the JCF geographic area, and that “addresses a need of recognized importance and is successful at maximizing community resources through the creative management of financial resources and inter-agency cooperation.”
Run in partnership with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Zen Hospice Project, Kol Haneshama exemplifies collaboration for the common good in our community.
Kol Haneshama also received a 2008 AJAS Jewish Programming Award that recognizes Jewish programs developed and implemented by an AJAS organization that are innovative, creative, and specifically designed to enhance the spiritual well-being of the older adults they serve.
The Jewish Home’s award-winning, nationally-recognized Kol Haneshama (Jewish end-of-life care and services to residents and families) program – run in partnership with Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Zen Hospice Project – received yet another award in 2008, this time from Hospital Services for Continuing Care (HSCC) division of the California Hospital Association. Presenting Kol Haneshama with a Best Practices award, the panel of judges found this entry to “stand out” in quality from the variety of extremely impressive entries submitted.
Awardees were honored at HSCC’s annual meeting on October 14 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento at Capitol Park, Sacramento.
Jewish Home volunteer and lay leader Nina Weil and the Healing Touch program at the Jewish Home of San Francisco has won the Associates of Jewish Homes and Services for the Aging's Annette W. and Herbert H. Lichterman Outstanding Programming Award 2008. Using gentle, non-invasive hands-on touch and energy techniques to balance and align the human energy field, Healing Touch enhances the lives of residents by providing a therapeutic complement to traditional medical care, and is proving to be a particularly good tool for decreasing agitation in residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Healing Touch has been enthusiastically embraced by the Home's culture and the medical community.
1st place best retirement residence in San Francisco in the j.’s (Jewish news weekly of Northern California) Readers’ Choice Awards, which selects the best of the Bay Area. This marks the second time the Jewish Home has achieved first place in this category.
Songwriting Works at the Jewish Home was recognized for excellence in using the arts to improve the quality of the healing experience. Through original compositions, recordings, publications and community performances, this comprehensive, replicable, engaging, and inclusive music program “breaks isolation, relieves pain, gives elders, their loved ones and the greater community new ways to develop and deepen relationships, and enhances intercultural and interfaith understanding – while creating musical works that transform societal attitudes about aging, health, and creativity.”
In recognition of the scope of services the Home gives to the elderly Jewish population of the Bay Area, ranging from charitable care, short-term rehabilitation, services to Russian émigrés, coordinated care, congregate and home-delivered meals for seniors, to research into improving the care and quality of life of the frail elderly, the Jewish Home received the 2005 Aging Services of California Social Responsibility Award.
Songwriting Works now has a chapter devoted to it in a new book, Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts by Blair Sadler and Annette Ridenour December 2009). A compendium of ideas, resources, photographs, and case examples of exemplary healthcare art programs and projects, this inspiring and visually captivating book can be ordered directly from Art and Healthcare, by calling 619.683.7500.
1st place Best Retirement Home 2005 in the "Best of the Jewish Bay Area 2005" community-wide survey conducted by j. – the Jewish news weekly of Northern California.