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The Ribbon is Cut for Green House Rehabilitation Homes in Western Massachusetts

Building Committee Chairs Frank Colaccino and Jeff Grodsky unveil the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.
Building Committee Chairs Frank Colaccino and Jeff Grodsky unveil the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.

An estimated 200 people attended the ceremony November 3rd to officially cut the ribbon on the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation!  JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow, MA has been working hard to develop the two Green House homes for short-term rehabilitation which are expected to open in December.

Among those attending included Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.  A number of JGS board members and staff were also on hand for the celebration.

Frankel family members Joely, Donna, and Seymour ceremoniously cut the ribbon dedicating Michael’s Café and the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. Michael’s Café is named in honor of the late Michael Frankel, a past JGS Lifecare Board Chair.
Frankel family members Joely, Donna, and Seymour ceremoniously cut the ribbon dedicating Michael’s Café and the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. Michael’s Café is named in honor of the late Michael Frankel, a past JGS Lifecare Board Chair.
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, director of Spiritual Life, JGS Lifecare, Elaine and Dr. Frederic Brownstein affix a mezuzah at the entry of the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. A mezuzah contains a Hebrew verse from Torah, reminding us that home is a sacred place.
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, director of Spiritual Life, JGS Lifecare, Elaine and Dr. Frederic Brownstein affix a mezuzah at the entry of the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. A mezuzah contains a Hebrew verse from Torah, reminding us that home is a sacred place.

Each home will provide rehabilitation for 12 people and are the first Green House rehab homes in western Massachusetts.  Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan, congratulated the team at JGS Lifecare and officially welcomed them to the Green House family.

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JGS Lifecare Holds ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony for New Green House Rehabilitation Homes

For immediate release April 13, 2016

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LONGMEADOW, MA— JGS Lifecare celebrated a major milestone today in the construction of the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation with the ceremonial “Topping Off” of the steel structure. Construction workers, employees, residents, physicians, community members, elected officials, members of the Board of Directors, donors, and veterans gathered April 13 as the beam was hoisted atop the roof-line of the new rehab center, which is located next to the Leavitt Family Jewish Home at 770 Converse Street.

“JGS Lifecare is transforming the patient experience by delivering leading edge patient-centered care in innovative new facilities,” said Marty Baicker, FACHE, president and CEO, JGS Lifecare. “Partnering with The GREEN HOUSE PROJECT, we will implement the small house model of care in the Sosin Center, replacing hospital-like environments with real homes and greater engagement with those we serve.”

Research shows that a real home environment has significant benefits such as reduced medication use and re-hospitalizations, greater socialization and interaction with care givers, which can lead to faster recovery.

The ‘Topping Off’ ceremony is a long-standing tradition in construction, held when the highest beam of steel is placed atop a structure during construction. A small fir tree was also affixed; symbolizing the building will be everlasting. The American flag that was given to JGS Lifecare as a keepsake of the building’s benefactor, George Sosin, was attached to the beam and ceremoniously raised by officers of the Longmeadow Police. Sosin was a dedicated JGS Lifecare volunteer and supporter until his passing in 2013. His gift of $3 million represents the largest contribution in the 103 year history of JGS Lifecare. The building is named in Sosin’s honor as a testament to his unmatched philanthropic commitment.

Designed by Perkins Eastman, an industry leader in the planning and design of elder care facilities and short term rehabilitation programs, the two-story 24,000 square foot Sosin Center will contain two self-contained homes for up to 24 people. A dedicated team of staff will provide care and make the decisions that are important to daily life. Everything in this environment is designed to prepare patients to go home, because it feels like home, featuring private rooms and bathrooms, an open kitchen and family-style dining areas. Michael’s Café will connect the Sosin Center to the Leavitt Family Jewish Home, bridging old to new and honoring the late Michael Frankel, a former Chair of the JGS Lifecare Board of Directors, and ardent supporter of Project Transformation – A New World of Care.

“Evidence shows that people recover faster in a smaller community where they have direct opportunities for engagement with their physical therapist, with their physician, with their direct care givers, said Anne M. Thomas, vice president residential health, JGS Lifecare. “Because they are in a rehab setting, because they’re getting their rehabilitative services needs met in a small community, they actually encourage each other to get better.”

The eight-foot long ceremonial beam that was raised was placed in the lobby of the Leavitt Family Jewish Home March 16, 2016. Hundreds of people, including residents, patients, physicians, visitors, employees, board of directors, community and committee members, signed the beam and made their mark on history. This morning, several more honored guests added their signatures, including Springfield Mayor Domenic R. Sarno, Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane and Longmeadow Select Board Chairman Richard Foster. In his remarks, Mayor Sarno spoke of his warm regards for the lifecare services we’ve provided his family, and praised JGS Lifecare for efforts to transform the care we provide.

“People are excited. They’re enthusiastic. They can really see the opportunities that Green House will bring to how we care for our elders, and they want to be part of it,” said Susan Kimball Halpern, vice president of philanthropy, JGS Lifecare. “We are creating innovative and important programs that will change outcomes for our residents and patients for generations to come. It’s something the community can be very proud to be part of.”

Construction of the $11m+ Sosin Center project, part of the $20m Project Transformation projects, is supported in part by a $9m Project Transformation Capital Campaign. Project Transformation will introduce the Green House/small house model of care in the Sosin Center, followed by renovations in this model of two sub-acute units in the nursing home. Future plans will carry the model throughout the nursing home. The Sosin Center will be the only Green House certified facility in western Massachusetts. Construction is expected to be complete in late summer, opening in September 2016.

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About JGS Lifecare: JGS Lifecare is a leading health care system serving seniors and their families. JGS Lifecare services include nursing home care, home health and hospice care, assisted living, adult day health care, rehabilitation services, palliative care, music therapy and subsidized independent living.

 

About the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation: Now under construction, the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation will bring the Green House model of care, a more homelike setting for people undergoing rehabilitative care, to JGS Lifecare. The 24-bed short term care/rehabilitation building will be connected to our existing nursing home by a promenade that will include Michael’s Café, a new kosher coffee shop and cafeteria. The Sosin Center is scheduled to open in September 2016.

 

About THE GREEN HOUSE® Project: The Green House Project is a radically new national model for skilled nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self- contained homes organized to deliver individualized care and meaningful relationships between residents and care staff.

Momentum Builds in 2016: Green House Homes Open Across the Country

home croppedMichigan can be a cold location in January for a Grand Opening of Green House homes, but it was certainly warm and welcoming on the inside!  These two homes were developed by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.  415The festivities included a number of leaders from the area, along with Elders, families, staff and members of the press.  Lela, an elder moving into one of the homes attended the special Grand Opening event with special anticipation.  She had started the countdown to her move 191 days earlier and was most excited about her new home.

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This organization is not new to culture change having been an Eden certified home for 15 years, however the opening of the skilled nursing Green House homes takes their journey to a whole new level!  They opened the first home to 10 elders on January 14th and the second will open soon once the licensing process is completed.

 

Renee Cunningham, Service Line Director of Nursing, explained that the opening and move went smoothly and that the past two months have been great.  “It went really well, better than I had expected by our both the community and residents!  Staff feel very committed to the homes, and family members often stay and have meals with their loved ones.  It’s such a warm environment”.   Renee went on to say that Lela has expressed many times that moving to the Green House home “was the best decision she’s ever made”.  Renee explained that Lela has “blossomed” in the home.

Those thoughts are echoed by team member, Dana DeRousse, “The opening of the Dana DeRousse_cropped_shahbaz_KalkaskaGreen House homes have been a phenomenal and humbling experience for me.  It doesn’t feel like I’m coming to work, more so coming into a home of myfamilymembers.  Being a Concierge CNA [their Shahbaz] is the kind of health care experience I was looking for when I first became a CNA.  It also challenges me as a person to try new things, like cooking that I really had no prior experience with.  I would highly recommend a position in a Green House home to anyone who is working as a CNA and I feel like The Green House Project is the absolute future of long term care”.

We congratulate the team at Kalkaska on their opening and look forward to many more Green House Homes opening in 2016:

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Green House Cottages of Carmel, Carmel, IN

6 Green House homes

Spring 2016

 

 

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The Woodlands, John Knox Village, Pompano Beach, FL

12 Green House Homes

May 26th Grand Opening

 

 

Washington County

 

 

 

Washington County Nursing Home, Akron, CO

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

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Cedar Sinai Park, Portland, OR

4 Green House homes

Summer 2016 opening

 

 

 

Clark Lindsey March 2016

 

 

Clark Lindsey, Urbana, IL

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

 

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JGS Lifecare, Longmeadow, MA

2 Green House homes

Fall 2016

 

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Presbyterian Villages of Michigan,   Detroit, MI

2 Green House homes – 1st PACE program

Winter of 2016

Green House Homes Will Be First of Their Kind in Western Massachusetts

Green House Homes Will Be First of Their Kind in Western Massachusetts
Jewish Geriatric Services Lifecare Partners with THE GREEN HOUSE® Project

LONGMEADOW, MA— Martin W. Baicker, president and CEO, Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) Lifecare, is pleased to announce JGS Lifecare will be working with THE GREEN HOUSE® Project to implement this revolutionary model of care in the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, currently under construction, and throughout the Leavitt Family Jewish Home community over the next 18 months.

“Green House has worked with over 170 nursing homes around the country,” said Baicker. “They’ve helped establish a new standard in long term and post-acute care that’s resulted in higher quality outcomes and increased elder and caregiver satisfaction,” he added.

“JGS Lifecare has a strong reputation for high quality, with over a hundred years of commitment to elders, families and staff in the community. We commend them for their vision to further their mission by implementing The Green House model, and their commitment to transform long term care in western Massachusetts,” said Susan Frazier Ryan, senior director, The Green House Project.

A Green House home is a self-contained home for up to 12 elders, designed to provide a personalized model of care within a real home setting. Each home features ample natural light, a central living area, open kitchen, and dining room. Staff is rigorously trained in the Green House philosophy, giving residents 4x more human contact than the traditional institutional model.

The Green House model will be implemented in the 24,000 square foot Sosin Center, featuring two Green House homes, when it is completed in approximately 8-10 months. The Sosin Center will be the only Green House certified facility in western Massachusetts, the third in Massachusetts. The model will then be implemented throughout JGS Lifecare’s 200-bed skilled nursing home.

“As we move away from traditional models of care and embrace The Green House model of care, we will not only improve the care provided, but also enhance the dignity of those living here. Green House homes combine the best of a real home setting with skilled care, giving elders the freedom to live life on their terms, rather than conform to the rhythms of the institution. It helps them thrive in comfortable spaces that feel like home,” said Anne M. Thomas, vice president of residential health, JGS Lifecare.

JGS Lifecare is working with Perkins Eastman, one of the foremost architectural firms designing in The Green House model in the United States to assist in the design of the upgrades and new facility. The Sosin Center and nursing home remodel are part of JGS Lifecare’s Project Transformation, a dynamic $20 million multi-step initiative to enhance person-centered care on the Longmeadow campus.

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About JGS Lifecare: JGS Lifecare is a leading health care system serving seniors and their families. JGS Lifecare services include nursing home care, home health and hospice care, assisted living, adult day health care, rehabilitation services, palliative care, music therapy and subsidized independent living.

 About the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation: Now under construction, the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation will bring the Green House model of care, a more homelike setting for people undergoing rehabilitative care, to JGS Lifecare. The 24-bed short term care/rehabilitation building will be connected to our existing nursing home by a promenade that will include Michael’s Café, a new kosher coffee shop and cafeteria. Sosin Center construction will be completed in approximately 12 months.

 About THE GREEN HOUSE® Project: The Green House Project is a radically new national model for skilled nursing care that returns control, dignity and a sense of well-being to elders, their families and direct care staff. In the Green House model, residents receive care in small, self- contained homes organized to deliver individualized care and meaningful relationships between residents and care staff.

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