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Dr. Atul Gawande Speaks About Life and ‘Being Mortal’ to a Crowd in NYC

Dr. Atul Gawande speaks at The New Jewish Home  3rd Annual Himan Brown Symposium at the AXA Auditorium in New York, NY on October 2, 2015.  (photo by Stephen Smith)
Dr. Atul Gawande speaks at The New Jewish Home 3rd Annual Himan Brown Symposium at the AXA Auditorium in New York, NY on October 2, 2015. (photo by Stephen Smith)

More than 400 of The New Jewish Home’s friends, care partners, colleagues and supporters joined them on Friday, October 2nd at the AXA Auditorium in Manhattan as they hosted featured speaker, Dr. Atul Gawande.  Author of the best-selling book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dr. Gawande led the audience through the challenges we all face when making end-of-life choices for our loved ones and ourselves.  He spent some of his presentation highlighting the work of Dr. Bill Thomas and THE GREEN HOUSE (R) Project by sharing how the model is transforming long-term care and allowing elders to define what a good day means for them. Dr. Gawande applauded The New Jewish Home’s initiative in creating the Living Center of Manhattan, which will be the first 20 story Green House in a major metropolitan area, and for already opening 3 small houses based on The Green House model in their Westchester nursing home, the Sarah Neuman Center. Dr. Gawande cited these as true examples of positive transformation in eldercare.

Dr. Audrey Weiner and NY Times best selling author Dr. Atul Gawande discuss audience questions at The New Jewish Home  3rd Annual Himan Brown Symposium at the AXA Auditorium in New York, NY on October 2, 2015.  (Photo by Stephen Smith)
Dr. Audrey Weiner and NY Times best selling author Dr. Atul Gawande discuss audience questions at The New Jewish Home 3rd Annual Himan Brown Symposium at the AXA Auditorium in New York, NY on October 2, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Smith)

After his remarks, Dr. Gawande was joined on stage by The New Jewish Home’s CEO, Dr. Audrey Weiner, to engage in further dialogue on how we in America can do the best job possible caring for our elders.  The conversation was made possible and paid in full by a generous grant from the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, and the symposium is part of Jewish Home’s ongoing ongoing mission to change the way people think about and talk about eldercare.

The takeaway? Talking about death and dying is actually a conversation about life, and we should be having it with our loved ones sooner than we think.

The Green House Project to present and exhibit at The LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Denver

The Green House Project offers a model for long-term care
designed to look and feel like a real home. Green House
homes are seen as a national leader and proven business
model for long-term care. Today there are hundreds of
Green House homes open or in development in the majority
of states.

Our evidence-based model has been proven — through
independent research — to be effective, feasible and
sustainable. Our technical assistance is a big reason why
The Green House Project has become a preferred partner
in helping organizations meet demands of the changing long-term care market.

Connect with Us at the Leading Age Conference:

  • Pick up a free copy of our Business Case at our booth (2118)
  • Join our Session, “The Green House ® Model” Transforming Skilled Care, on Wednesday, October 24 @ 2:30-4:00p
  • Talk to us about how you can bring The Green House model to your community

Ave Maria Home, Grand Opening Celebration


November 11, 2011
On a crisp and beautiful fall evening, various stakeholders joined together to celebrate the Grand Opening of Ave Maria home, in Bartlett, TN. Through a journey of many years, through successes and setbacks, the team at Ave Maria can now look to their three beautiful Green House homes, and see the fruits of their labor. To see the shahbazim in their homes, serving a home cooked lunch, working in a self managed team, and bringing the model to life, is a cause for great joy.

The Green House model radically transforms the traditional nursing home in three key areas. The philosophy shifts, from a declinist view of aging, where people are viewed as a diagnosis, to a developmental view of aging, where all people are seen as creative, resourceful and whole. The organization reorganizes to support this view, bringing real power into the home, to the elder and those working closest with them. It unlocks the role of direct care staff, from narrow, task defined roles, to roles where deep relationships are formed and optimal wellness is created. The environment is an intentionally designed home that enables those living and working in the home to experience privacy, dignity, intimacy and real home. By transforming the traditional nursing home in these three major ways, people who need high levels of clinical care can have their needs met without that being the focus of their existence.

As with any great change, it must begin with a strong leadership team. Frank Gattuso’s steadfast leadership has helped this project to continue moving forward amongst various changes and challenges along the path. Brenda Hardin, The Green House guide, and the entire leadership team at Ave Maria have devoted themselves to learning the coaching style of leadership and other important tenets of The Green House model. They continue to develop and learn, in order to sustain a successful culture change. The shahbazim who manage the home and the clinical support team whose partnership provides outstanding clinical outcomes, create a place where people are deeply known, and can flourish. To the board members, the donors, the community of Bartlett, TN, and all those who made this Grand Opening possible, Thank you.

Ave Maria Home, Executive Director, Frank Gattuso

Of course, culture change is a journey without a destination, and as we celebrate the opening of three Green House homes, we know that there is more work to be done. Ave Maria Home has dreams of future Green House homes devoted to skilled care, rehabilitation or other evolutions of the model, and The Green House Project looks forward to these opportunities for partnership as together we change the paradigm of aging.

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Christa Hojlo, “creating environments where the very best can happen for people”

Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration, speaks here at the opening celebration about why the VA sees the Green House model as a long-term alternative to traditional nursing homes. 

She reflects, that we are creating an environment where our veterans can thrive and grow and where the staff can grow in new ways.  It puts the power in the hands of the veteran and those working closest with them to meet their needs, whether that be a stack of pancakes, or anything else that will support the veteran in meeting his/her highest potential.

Christa Hojlo, "creating environments where the very best can happen for people"

Christa Hojlo, National Director for VA Community Living Centers, Veterans Health Administration, speaks here at the opening celebration about why the VA sees the Green House model as a long-term alternative to traditional nursing homes. 

She reflects, that we are creating an environment where our veterans can thrive and grow and where the staff can grow in new ways.  It puts the power in the hands of the veteran and those working closest with them to meet their needs, whether that be a stack of pancakes, or anything else that will support the veteran in meeting his/her highest potential.

Veteran’s Day Interview Project

    Veteran’s Day Interview

In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Green House Project would like to honor those who have served to protect our country and our freedom by collecting meaningful stories to honor their lives and contributions:

To participate in this project:
• Collect important information about who that veteran is (where they served, important life highlights)
• Conduct short interview with a veteran in your community or one who knows them well
• Share a photo/video with the veteran’s interview with The Green House Project (email Rachel, rscher@ncbcapitalimpact.org)
• Present the story to your local media outlets Continue reading “Veteran’s Day Interview Project”

Veteran's Day Interview Project

    Veteran’s Day Interview

In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Green House Project would like to honor those who have served to protect our country and our freedom by collecting meaningful stories to honor their lives and contributions:

To participate in this project:
• Collect important information about who that veteran is (where they served, important life highlights)
• Conduct short interview with a veteran in your community or one who knows them well
• Share a photo/video with the veteran’s interview with The Green House Project (email Rachel, rscher@ncbcapitalimpact.org)
• Present the story to your local media outlets Continue reading “Veteran's Day Interview Project”