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Homebound Mitzvah Program – Now In 20th Year - Reaching Out To Lonely and Isolated Jewish Seniors over Passover – April 6
3/16/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 15, 2017 – Now in its twentieth year, the MorseLife Health System Homebound Mitzvah Program and its volunteers are making a difference on Thursday, April 6 to Jewish frail homebound seniors over Passover who otherwise would not be able to experience its joys and traditions. 
      According to Linda Sevich, MorseLife’s Director of Community Services who has run the program since it was launched, more than 400 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life prepare Homebound Mitzvah Program packages to deliver to seniors throughout Palm Beach County.  The packages include traditional kosher for Passover meals, matzoh, wine, Haggadah and a DVD of a seder conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, Chaplain at MorseLife. 
     “Just as important, volunteers provide “quality time” to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients – sitting and talking with them to bring some additional warmth to the delivery,” Ms. Sevich said.  “In these past two decades, we have seen generations of volunteers eager to make these very special deliveries – some passing along this caring tradition to their own children and grandchildren.”
    “The holidays can often be lonely for aging adults, who have seen the passing of loved ones and friends, or live a great distance from their children,” said Keith Myers, president/CEO for MorseLife Health System.  “For 20 years, it has been such an honor for us to be able to bring the joys and traditions of Passover to them – and the High Holidays in the fall – it is truly a beautiful mitzvah that we and our volunteers cherish.”
     Homebound Mitzvah Program volunteers will gather for their deliveries on the MorseLife Health System campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive (off Haverhill Road) in West Palm Beach, and at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach at 8600 Jog Road from 8:30 until 3:30 pm.  
    Since 1997, the Homebound Mitzvah Program has been reaching out to the area’s homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over Jewish holidays such as the High Holidays and Passover.  It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.
     The holiday of Passover commences on the evening of Monday, April 10, and ends on Tuesday, April 18.
For more information and volunteering or receiving packages, call Linda Sevich at (561) 282-5388.

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MorseLife Health System Announces Date, Chairs for 2017 Annual Golf Classic
3/9/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 13, 2017 – For over 25 years, generous men and women have donned their golfing gear and teed off in supporting MorseLife Health System in its work in bringing hope and healing to Palm Beach County seniors.
     Golfers throughout Palm Beach County will once again be “swinging” their clubs to raise funds on behalf of MorseLife and its seniors for the 2017 MorseLife Golf Classic, to be held Monday, March 20th at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.  The event has consistently been a sell-out since it was established by MorseLife’s volunteer leadership 26 years ago.
    First time Chairs for this year’s Golf Classic are Beth and Marc Goldberg of West Palm Beach, Bonnie and Martin Gregge of Palm Beach Gardens and Vicki and Arthur Loring of West Palm Beach.  Honorary Chairs are previous Golf Classic Chairman Moe Tarkinow of Palm Beach and long-time leader and supporter Irwin Peckman of Palm Beach Gardens.
     To date, sponsors of the event are Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Perkins Eastman Architects, Medline Industries, Inc. and Seabreeze Publications, Inc.
     The MorseLife Golf Classic, which follows the spectacular MorseLife Dinner Dance last December and the MorseLife Luncheon to be held February 1, is one of a series of high profile fundraising events of MorseLife during the Palm Beach social season.   
     “Marc and I have participated in the hugely successful MorseLife Golf Classics previously and we are more than excited to work with co-chairs Bonnie and Martin and Vicki and Arthur to help raise unprecedented dollars for this year’s event,” said Beth Goldberg.  “We look forward to a beautiful day on the course and a lot of fun, but this annual event means so much more – for the past 26 years, it has been about helping generations of seniors, some needy, homebound and frail, who have a critical lifeline in the services of MorseLife.”
     Keith Myers, president and CEO of MorseLife Health System, notes that he too will again be participating in the golf tournament.  “It is a pleasure to join some of our most passionate and caring MorseLife supporters on the golf course in supporting our organization,” he said.  “We are grateful to them, and to our Chairs, for sharing in our commitment to making lives better for our most vulnerable seniors.”
     The MorseLife Golf Classic on March 20th begins with breakfast at 7:30 am followed by a Shot-Gun Start at 8:45 am, and ends with an awards luncheon at 1:00 pm.
     The MorseLife Golf Classic will once again sell out quickly.  To register to play golf, or to sponsor or donate to the Golf Classic, call (561) 242-4661 or link to www.morselife.org/golf.

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About MorseLife Health System
     Founded in 1983, MorseLife is a provider of health care and residential services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs also include short term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care assisted living, home health care, care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  Since its beginnings, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

 

The Nearly New Shop Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
2/28/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, February 23, 2017 – Now in an expanded location just south of its original location, the Nearly New Shop recently celebrated its grand re-opening at its new site at 3611 South Dixie Highway with a party for its customers as well as staff and volunteers from the organization that benefits from its sales, MorseLife Health System. 
     Founded in 1983, The Nearly New Shop sells gently-used designer clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories, furniture, estate jewelry, collectibles, art work, china and glassware and bric-a-brac with all net proceeds going toward the programs and services of MorseLife Health System, the charitable nonprofit senior care organization.  The Shop gets its inventory from the homes and closets of generous donors who receive a tax-deductible for their donations.
     Sue Dame, manager of Nearly New Shop, noted that it has become a much loved institution over the past 34 years.  “It is the “go-to place” to buy and donate high quality clothing and home items with MorseLife and seniors being the beneficiaries of its success,” she said.  “We are pleased to have reopened in our new two-level location, right in the heart of fabulous Antique Row!”
     Keith Myers, president and CEO of MorseLife Health System, noted that the organization has been seeking a larger space for a few years.  “When the opportunity presented itself to sell our existing space and move into this one, we jumped at it!”  he said.  “Even better, it is just a few blocks from its old location, so still in familiar territory for the benefit of long time customers.”
     Dame noted that grand re-opening celebration featured refreshments, chance drawings, music and sales.  “It was wonderful seeing our loyal customers and donors, as well as other community members who have not previously come into our store,” she said. 
     The Nearly New Shop, now at 3611 South Dixie Highway, is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  For more information, call (561) 655-3230.

About MorseLife Health System
     Founded in 1983, MorseLife is a provider of health care and residential services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs also include short term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  Since its beginnings, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

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MorseLife Health System Friends Enjoy High End Shopping, Lunch and Cards In Support of Seniors
2/6/2017

     Palm Beach, FL, February 1, 2017 -- More than 450 women spent a beautiful day shopping at high end boutiques, having lunch and playing cards to help MorseLife Health System in its mission of providing exceptional care for seniors of Palm Beach County. The MorseLife Luncheon was held February 1 at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. 
     Diane Goldsmith, Phylis Fogelson, Helene Kaplan and Jean Sharf were first time Chairmen for this event, supported by Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark, Chairmen of the Friends of MorseLife which organizes MorseLife fund raisers throughout the season.  Guests included Beth Goldberg, Jill Sirulnick, Michelle Jacobs, Gilda Slifka, Andrea Stark, Sandy Fineberg, Marilyn Katz, Heidi Schuster, Susan Ross, Jamie Feig, Dorothy Kohl, Barbara Greenwald, Terri Sriberg, Sheila Engelstein, Lori Gendelman, Penny Wallerstein, Marsha Goldberg, Barbara Davis, Sandy Krakoff,  Mickey Beyer, JC Meyers, Ryna Greenbaum, Harriet Rothfeld, Roni Doppelt, Ellen Jaffe, Sondra Mack, Bonnie Dwares, Ronnie Heyman, Nicki Harris, Roberta Kozloff, Sandy Bornstein, Diane Goldman, Vivian Scharer, Joyce Robinson, Judie Schlager, Judy Snyder, Terri Sriberg and Robbi Toll.
     The MorseLife Luncheon, which followed the spectacular MorseLife Dinner Dance “An Evening in Havana” last December 2nd, is one of a series of MorseLife fund raisers during the Palm Beach social season.   Other events include the MorseLife Literary Society on February 16 and March 16 at The Colony Pavilion; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on March 20th at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.  
     For more information, call (561) 242-4661 or email foundation@morselife.org.

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International Sensation Dudu Fisher Performs at MorseLife for Residents of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches and Future Residents of New Levin Tower
1/25/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, January 25, 2017 – Dudu Fisher, the Israeli-born singer and actor, provided two special performances on January 18th on the campus of MorseLife Health System.  The international sensation held an intimate concert for residents of MorseLife’s independent and assisted living residence The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, and later, performed for a packed audience of charter residents and prospective residents of the new Levin Tower, the luxury independent living residence to open in the summer.
    Well-known for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Israeli, Broadway and West End productions of “Les Miserables,” Dudu Fisher began his career as a cantor in Tel Aviv.  After seeing “Les Miserables” in London, he auditioned for the Israeli cast and “rest is history.”  Notably, he was the first Jewish performer allowed to skip performances during Shabbat.
    In a career spanning over 30 years, Fisher has recorded over 20 albums, and sang the role of Moses in the Hebrew version of the film “The Prince of Egypt.”  He has sung with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, and has performed for both the Royal Family and President Clinton.
   In the theater, Fisher has played leading roles in the productions of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Kol Nidre,” by Lalo Shifrin and Avi Koren, “Over the Rainbow,” and “Stairways to Heaven” in addition to “Les Miserables.”  Fisher’s first one-man show “Never on Friday,” opened at off-Broadway’s Jewish Repertory Theater in 1999.    
    Fisher has toured throughout the United States and Europe.   From the Opera House in Sydney to Madison Square Garden in New York, from Sao Paolo to Singapore and from the Budapest Opera House to the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Fisher spends most of the year traveling around the globe bringing joy to millions.
     Keith Myers, president and CEO of MorseLife Health System, noted he was overjoyed to bring Dudu Fisher to perform for current and future residents on the MorseLife campus.  “The Tradition of the Palm Beaches is known for providing top-flight entertainment for our residents, and today’s event was reflective of this commitment to setting the bar as high as we can go,” he said.   “For the new and prospective residents of our luxurious Levin Tower to open later this year, this is a preview of the kinds of entertainment they will enjoy living here.” 
     The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, located on the 37-acre Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife, offers 144 independent and assisted living residences with features designed to enhance the senior lifestyle.  The new Levin Tower, a 178-unit luxury independent living residence with 5-star services and amenities, will open in the summer.  For more information, call (800) 498-6937, or go to www.morselifetower.com.

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MorseLife Health System Featured on Jewish Federation “Mosaic”
1/23/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, January 23, 2017 -- MorseLife Health System was featured on the "Mosaic" TV program of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, which aired yesterday morning. 

     Hosted by Barbara Kay and Susan Pertnoy, it was a wonderful opportunity for us to bring attention to our work in helping our community’s seniors, and to talk about our future direction, including the opening of the Levin Tower this summer.

     The following is a link to the program, which you can watch at your convenience - https://youtu.be/00Qsz539Sew

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MorseLife Home Care Launches Breakfast and Lunch Program For Needy Jewish Seniors
1/20/2017

     West Palm Beach, FL, January 19, 2017 – MorseLife Home Care is tackling the issue of hunger among the elderly of Palm Beach County head-on.  A new initiative called the “Breakfast and Lunch Program” recently launched by the agency will provide non-perishable food items to needy Jewish seniors to supplement their groceries. 
     Keith Myers, president and CEO of MorseLife Health System, noted that the program, an idea of volunteer Vicki Loring of West Palm Beach, is targeted to financially-eligible Jewish seniors already receiving home care services such as Meals-on-Wheels from MorseLife Home Care.  “There are more and more seniors living at or below the poverty level and we are therefore pleased to be able to fill this service gap in helping to reduce the risk of hunger among this growing population,” he said.  “We are grateful to Vicki and other generous community members who are equally passionate about this issue.”
     Vicki Loring has been active in various initiatives in Boston and south Florida fighting hunger and poverty among seniors and for the past 17 years, she has chaired MorseLife’s Jewish Response to Hunger, a luncheon program that provides meals and socialization to needy, isolated seniors over the holidays of Thanksgiving and Purim. 
      “One of the most critical issues facing our most vulnerable seniors is hunger and we are fortunate that there are many philanthropic community members who share in our commitment to this cause,” she said.  “With their support, we look forward to expanding the Breakfast and Lunch Program to serve even more need seniors.”
       Dr. Alan Sadowsky, Senior Vice President of Home and Community-Based Services for MorseLife Health System, said that while there is great wealth and prosperity in Palm Beach County, there are many seniors who are just struggling daily to keep food on their plates.  “Through this program, we can help to ensure that our most vulnerable seniors have enough supplemental nutritious and healthy foods to reduce the possibility of them going hungry,” he said.
     Dr. Sadowsky noted that Mrs. Loring and other volunteers gather every other week at MorseLife to package non-perishables, such as crackers, peanut butter and jelly, packaged milk, canned fruits and juices, salmon and tuna, and cereal to deliver to Jewish seniors eligible for this program.  “These are nutritious items that keep their pantries and stomachs full when they need them,” he said.  “Many of our recipients receive subsidized meals-on-wheels two or three days weekly, so the items we deliver supplement what they receive for the rest of the week.”
    MorseLife Home Care is the home and community-based service division of MorseLife Health System, the nonprofit senior care organization in West Palm Beach.  It specifically helps people to age in place with maximum independence and dignity.
     To donate, or to be considered a recipient for the Breakfast and Lunch Program, call Linda Sevich at (561) 687-5791.

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Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care Awards Consecutive Gold Seal since 2009 to MorseLife Health System
12/29/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, (December 25, 2016) – In its renewal application, MorseLife Health System continues to maintain its Gold Seal Award from the State of Florida, The Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.  The nonprofit senior care continuum has achieved this honor annually since 2009, reflecting the level of care provided in its 190-bed long-term care residence, Morse Health Center, and its 120-bed short-term rehabilitation residence, the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion. 
     The Governor's Gold Seal Award recognizes Florida long-term care residences that demonstrate excellence in long term care over a sustained period while promoting the stability of the profession and facilitating the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing center residents. MorseLife Health System has met the
following criteria to receive the Gold Seal Award:
• Maintains a quality of care scoring and ranking that places it in the top 10% in it region or top 15% in the state and is a 5-star ranked facility in the Nursing Home Guide.
• Has no Class I or II deficiencies within 30 months preceding its application.
• Provides evidence of financial soundness and stability.
• Participates in a consumer satisfaction process involving residents, family members and guardians.
• Involves families and members of the community in the facility on a regular basis.
• Has a stable workforce.
• Has an outstanding record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council within the 30 months preceding its application
• Provides targeted in-service training to meet training needs identified.
     Upon receiving the award, Keith A. Myers, president/CEO for MorseLife Health System, praised staff at all levels for the achievement.  “Receiving the Gold Seal Award once again and being named among a mere 2% of nearly 700 Florida nursing homes that receive this honor, is an ongoing testament to the level of excellence our entire staff has in their care of our residents qnd patients,” said Myers.  “We remain committed to being a center of excellence in the care of seniors, and our ongoing goal has always been to not merely meet, but exceed the expectations of our residents and families.”
     Myers noted that this honor represents “our ongoing commitment to continuing to demonstrate best practices in caring for the cherished seniors of our community.”
     Established in 2002, the program was developed and is implemented by the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care (Panel), which is comprised of persons appointed by the Governor’s Office, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Department of Health, Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Life Care Residents Association, LeadingAge Florida, and the State Long Term Care Ombudsman.
     For information about MorseLife Helath System and its Gold Seal Award, call (561) 687-5749, or
visit our MorseLife website at www.morselife.org.

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MorseLife Named Among “Best Places to Work” in South Florida
12/22/2016

    West Palm Beach, FL, December 24, 2016 -- MorseLife Health System has been recognized as one of the 2017 “Best Places to Work,” in awards presented by South Florida Business Journal.  Out of hundreds of nominations, MorseLife Health System ranks as one of the top large organizations as a result of annual employee engagement surveys conducted recently by the organization. 
     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO, MorseLife also received this prestigious honor in 2015 among other accolades received by South Florida Business Journal such as “Company of the Year.”  ”We are proud that we have been able to create a culture of excellence throughout our system, and just as important, a positive, engaging and celebratory culture,” he said.
      Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources for MorseLife, notes that what makes this so special to MorseLife is that unlike many workplace-related awards which allow companies to self nominate, this one relied solely on the anonymous feedback of employees.   “This honor is therefore is a great achievement – it reflects the opinions of our hard working staff members at all levels and in all functional areas, and their belief in us as a coveted ‘employer of choice,’” he said.
     Myers notes that he looks forward to the official presentation of the 2017 “Best Places to Work” award at a luncheon sponsored by South Florida Business Journal in February.     
     For more information about working for one of the “Best Places to Work” in South Florida, MorseLife, go to www.morselifecareers.org.

About MorseLife Health System:
     Founded in 1983, MorseLife is a provider of health care and residential services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs also include short term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  Since its beginnings, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.
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“And Equal Justice for All”
11/30/2016

     Palm Beach, FL, November 30, 2016 -- When Piper Kerman was released from prison in 2005, she was driven to reform the criminal justice system through her work on behalf of incarcerated men, women, children and families.  On her journey, she met Reverend Vivian Nixon, who earned college degrees while in prison, and who shared her commitment to changing an unjust penal system.   On the same path, Bryan Stevenson has spent his entire career as a public interest lawyer fighting poverty, racial discrimination and unjust sentencing of children without parole for non-homicidal crimes in the criminal justice system.
     These three dedicated, inspiring individuals will be featured speakers for MorseLife Health System’s upcoming symposium, “And Equal Justice For All:  Battle for Rights in America’s Broken Prison System.”  The presentation, which includes lunch, will be held on Tuesday, January 10th at 12:00 pm at The Mar-a-Lago Club, and will be open to the public for a cost of $250 (with preferred seating and sponsorship levels available).
     Mary Alice Pappas, Senior Vice President, MorseLife Foundation, noted that the organization consistently strives to present timely, interesting and provocative programs for the community, a commitment that began in 2009 with “Shades of Gray,” an annual symposium on wellness and aging which will take a hiatus this year, she said.   “This year, we veer away from discussions of physical health and wellness in looking at one of our country’s most emotionally-charged societal issue – inequities in the criminal justice system and the impact on families,” she said. 
     Keith Myers, president/CEO of MorseLife Heath System noted that these three individuals have made significant inroads in helping women and children in recovering their lives during and after incarceration.  “What these three will tell us will be heart wrenching, compelling and eye-opening – and we believe that this will be among the most talked about programs in the County,” he said. 
     Piper Kerman’s experience became the national bestseller Orange is the New Black which is the basis for the Emmy-award winning Netflix series of the same name.  She has been one of Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless 50 which celebrates the world’s most inspiring women, a well-earned distinction.  A follow-up to Orange is the New Black will be published in 2018.
     Reverend Vivian Nixon moved on from her experience to lead the College and Community Fellowship, a nonprofit that help the formerly incarcerated in their pursuit of higher education, leadership skills and career paths toward economic security.  She has been honored as a Soros Justice Fellow, Petra Foundation Fellow and Ascend Fellow with the Aspen Institute.  Reverend Nixon is currently working on a book to debut in 2018:  From Shame to Activism:  A Black Woman’s Journey Through America’s Systems of Mass Criminalization.
     Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Government, and has been awarded 26 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 recognizing the world’s most influential people, and in 2016 was named in Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list.
     These three individuals are helping men, women, children and families find their own voices, success and their paths home.  Learn more about their work at “And Equal Justice For All,” on January 10th.
     To register or for more information, contact MorseLife Foundation at (561) 209-6103 or by email at foundation@morselife.org.

2017 Season of MorseLife Literary Society Kicks Off in January
11/23/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL (November 25, 2016) – The complexities of corporate America, three women connected by the horrors of the Holocaust, and the memoirs of a woman who changed the world for other women highlight the 2017 season of MorseLife Literary Society beginning Thursday, January 12th.   This is the ninth year of the successful series of “breakfasts with celebrated authors,” the brainchild of Mary Alice Pappas, Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation.        

     “For our 2017 series, we include some of the most acclaimed, widely-discussed and even controversial writers of the year, including Tracy Kidder, Martha Hall Kelly and the iconic Gloria Steinem,”  said Ms. Pappas.  “As we kick off our ninth extraordinary year, we are privileged to host accomplished authors who offer works that are compelling, thought-provoking and in a word, ‘brilliant’ to stimulate and entertain our sophisticated audience.”

     The schedule is as follows:

Tracy Kidder, A Truck Full of Money:  One Man’s Quest To Recover from Great Success
Thursday, January 12, 2017

A master of creative nonfiction and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder returns to corporate America to chronicle the life and complex personality of Paul English, founder of the travel website Kayak.   Kidder traces English’s journey, beginning with his years as a 12-year-old hacker and continuing through a series of professional endeavors, most notably the sale of his first company for $33 million and Kayak’s founding.  Later, the book follows English on his latest vision, providing insight into the functioning of venture capital firms and how projects can morph in unexpected ways.  His is a life story that holds lessons for burgeoning entrepreneurs: he’s a philanthropist and master of innovation, and also comes off as immune to feelings of failure or regret.  A Truck Full of Money makes its debut in September, and is already destined to become a classic.

Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls
Thursday, February 16, 2017

In her first novel, Kelly follows the lives of three women through the course of World War II, the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, and life after liberation.  The “Lilac Girls” are Charlotte, a wealthy New Yorker who volunteers at the French consulate in New York and ultimately assists refugees, including those deformed by horrific medical experiments by Nazis; Kasia, a resistance fighter and ultimately one of those surviving victims who later struggles to let go of her anger and move on with life; and Herta, a doctor hired to perform these experiments in the Ravensbruck concentration camp.  Kelly’s compelling novel explores the connection of these three women, and expertly demonstrates the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war.

Gloria Steinem, My Life On The Road
Thursday, March 16, 2017

As one of our leading icons whose commitment to equality helped to transform our world, Gloria Steinem needs no introduction.   Her powerfully personal memoir chronicles the four decades that she crossed the country in search of inspiring women and men.  For the first time, Steinem writes candidly about the itinerant nature of her family’s life, her father’s inability to keep a job, her dependent mother and how these experiences shaped her life to become a representative for the women’s movement.  Her memoir details a lifetime on the road as she eventually set out to create positive change.

     The Literary Society remains a sell out, so if you are already a member and have questions about your reservation, or if you want to join us in the future, please contact MorseLife Foundation at (561) 209-6103, or by email at cindyo@morselife.org.
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     MorseLife Health System is a premier provider of innovative care for Palm Beach County seniors for 33 years. A charitable, not-for-profit organization, programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, Memory Care Assisted Living, home health care, meals-on-wheels, care management, Aphasia Center, Neighbor2Neighbor, and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded over 31 years ago, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

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                              Tracy KidderMartha Hall KellyGloria Steinem

 

Dr. Ivan Merkelj, Medical Director for Palm Beach PACE, Honored As “Shining Star” at Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Event
11/23/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, November 24, 2016 -- Dr. Ivan Merkelj, Medical Director for MorseLife Health System’s Palm Beach PACE, was named Healthcare Professional of the Year at the “Shining Star” Ceremony of the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, held November 17th in West Palm Beach. 
     Dr. Merkelj joined five other noteworthy honorees representing government, media, education, law enforcement and business in receiving the Shiny Star Awards from the Chamber.  Also defined as a “Celebration of Community Heroes,” Dr. Merkelj was noted for his commitment and passion for caring for enrollees in Palm Beach PACE, a managed care program that provides comprehensive health care and supportive services to people at risk of nursing home placement. 
     Dr. Merkelj joined MorseLife Health System in 2013 as Medical Director for Palm Beach PACE.  In his multi-faceted role, Dr. Merkelj is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of the medical services provided to Palm Beach PACE enrollees in its West Palm Beach and Delray Beach sites.
     Prior to joining MorseLife Health System, Dr. Merkelj served for 8 years as Medical Director of the Florida PACE Program in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Merkelj is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, America Board of Geriatric Medicine and a member of the American Geriatrics Society and American College of Physicians.
     He received his M.D. from the National University Federico Villarreal in Lima, Peru and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
     For more information about Dr. Merkelj and his team at Palm Beach PACE, please go to www.palmbeachpace.org or call (561) 868-2999.

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Renowned Wall Street Journal Columnist/Author Peggy Noonan Addresses Prominent Donors of MorseLife
11/21/2016

     Palm Beach, FL, November 18, 2016 – With a volatile, unpredictable election season still on our minds, donors of MorseLife Health System had the opportunity to “talk politics” with Peggy Noonan, the noteworthy author and weekly political columnist for the Wall Street Journal at the nonprofit’s annual prominent donor luncheon on November 18th at a private venue in Palm Beach.   Hosted by Judith and Larry Schlager and Jean and Frederic Sharf, benefactors and friends of MorseLife, the event was attended by 170 guests for lunch and a lively presentation by Ms. Noonan, who spoke of a career as a political journalist and in particular, provided perspectives about this year’s presidential campaign and its outcome. 

      Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, noted that the luncheon, a precursor to the organization’s Dinner Dance to be held December 2nd, marked the start of the social season for the nonprofit which for 34-years has provided health care, housing and support services to seniors of the County.  “We are pleased to express appreciation to our most loyal, generous donors and friends with a luncheon featuring a timely discussion from one of the bright stars in political journalism, Peggy Noonan,” he said.  “We are grateful to dear friends and philanthropists Judie and Larry Schlager and Jean and Fred Sharf for their generosity, and most importantly, to our supporters who give so generously on behalf of seniors who greatly need our services.”

     Mary Alice Pappas, Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation, noted that Ms. Noonan spoke of a career which has taken her from political journalism to speechwriting for President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush (for whom she coined the term “a kinder, gentler nation”), and back again as one of the most conservative and outspoken political journalists in the field.  “We appreciate that Peggy is fearless and driven to voice her opinions about politics and culture in our country where freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of thought reign,” Ms. Pappas said.  

     Peggy Noonan’s weekly column in the Wall Street Journal, Declarations, has run since 2000.   She is the author of eight books on American politics, history and culture, including her newest, The Time of Our Lives, and the best-sellers What I Saw at the Revolution and When Character Was King. She is one of ten historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book, Character Above All.   

     In 2010, Noonan was given the Award for Media Excellence by the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Peggy has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and has taught at Yale University. Before entering the Reagan White House, she was a producer and writer at CBS News, and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University.

     Noonan is a member of the Manhattan Institute’s board of trustees and one of the founding members of wowOwow.com, along with Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Mary Wells Lawrence and Joni Evans. On November 7, she was honored at the she was honored at the New York Public Library’s annual “Literary Lions” gala which celebrates literature, history and books.

     The MorseLife Dinner Dance will officially open MorseLife’s season of events on Friday, December 2 in Palm Beach.  Subsequent events of the season include the MorseLife Literary Society “Breakfasts with Celebrated Authors” on Thursday, January 12, February 16 and March 16; a Community Symposium:  And Equal Justice for All, on the battle for rights of women, men, children and families in America’s broken criminal justice system on Tuesday, January 10th featuring Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, Reverend Vivian Nixon, author of the upcoming From Shame to Activism, and Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy; the MorseLife Luncheon on Wednesday, February 1; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on Monday, March 20th.

     For more information about the MorseLife Health System events and its programs and services, call (561) 242-4661 or go online at www.morselife.org.

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                                                                       Peggy Noonan, Prominent Donor Luncheon Speaker

MorseLife Health System Celebrates Construction Milestone – The “Topping Off” Ceremony for The Levin Tower
11/14/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, November 10, 2016 – With the cement poured to cover the final part of the roof of the Stephen and Petra Levin Tower, the newest and most luxurious senior residence in South Florida, MorseLife Health System celebrated at a “Topping Off” ceremony at the construction site on Thursday, November 10th on its suburban West Palm Beach campus.
     The groundbreaking for the Levin Tower, named for lead capital campaign donors Stephen A. Levin, Chairman of MorseLife Health System and his wife Petra, was held one year ago.   Construction has been nonstop since then, with the ten-story structure moving quickly toward completion, as it sits on the final nine acre parcel on the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife.
     Mr. Levin noted that the “Topping Off” ceremony is significant as “it marks an important milestone in the construction of the residence, and also turns the page on a journey which for 34 years has allowed us to forge new paths in improving lives of generations of seniors.”
     Mr. Levin and his wife Petra provided a significant lead gift to this residence which bears their name and Mr. Levin also serves as Chairman for the capital campaign which made this project and others possible.  “As the final phase of the $150 million capital project that also led to the building of the Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, Memory Care Assisted Living and renovation of the nursing home, the Levin Tower represents the pinnacle in our continued progress over these years,” Levin said.  “So many have joined us on this path as leaders, loyal friends and supporters, and the Levin Tower brings us all to another critical point in our long-standing commitment to our aging community.”
     “Every part of MorseLife is about the betterment of life – whether in our rehab center, long-term care center, memory care residence, in the home through our home health care, or in our residences like The Tradition of the Palm Beaches and soon, the Levin Tower,” he said.
     Keith A. Myers, president/CEO of MorseLife Health System spoke of the economic impact of this project.  “What is also significant is that the construction of the Levin Tower has resulted in the employment of 200 dedicated workers representing 54 trades and hundreds more vendors supporting their effort,” he said.  “We thank them for their hard work.”  
     Myers also expressed appreciation to the board, donors and community for their support of the project.  “In the Levin Tower, we have a wonderful opportunity to create a beautiful, luxurious and life-affirming residence for active seniors of our community,” he said.  “We are fortunate that the Levin Tower has created great anticipation and demand, and we look forward to being at capacity well before our opening in late summer, 2017.” 
      The Levin Tower will offer 178 one and two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 900 to 1500 square feet, gourmet dining in its restaurant and bistro, wellness spa, outdoor pool, housekeeping, transportation, security and a full array of activities.   
     The construction company for the Tower is Whiting Turner Contracting Company, the architect is the firm of Perkins Eastman, and the financial institution providing funding is SunTrust.
     For more information about The Levin Tower, call (800) 49-TOWER (498-6937) or go to www.morselife.org/thetower.The Tower Arial View

MorseLife Health System Response to Hurricane Matthew - Prioritizing Seniors and Employees
10/11/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, October 11, 2016 – In the wake of the largest storm to hit Palm Beach County in the past 11 years, MorseLife Health System remained well prepared with plans in place to ensure uninterrupted care and service to residents, patients and clients on its campus and in the community, but just as important, to ensure the safety and security of its workforce and their families.
     Keith Myers, president/CEO for the nonprofit organization, noted that once the threat of Hurricane Matthew became apparent, the entire team came together with their well thought out plans covering everything from staffing, safety and security, continuity of care of residents and patients, to providing for the needs of seniors served by its home care agency and meals-on-wheels program.
     Myers noted a commitment to “taking care of our own,” extended to the over 2500 staff members employed in management, health care and support roles throughout the organization.  “During the threat of the storm, we greatly needed ‘all hands on deck’ to continue to provide for the needs of seniors served throughout our campus and community, including patients in our short-term rehabilitation long term care residences, residents in our independent and assisted living residences, and clients of our home health agency,”  he said.  “In doing so, we considered as critical the needs of our employees, ensuring they were able to come into work without the stress and worry of leaving their homes and loved ones unattended.”
     Veronica Beaupre, a nurse in the long term care residence, noted how appreciative she was for the time to secure her home and property, but also to ensure the safety of “those most precious to me, my two daughters.”   “Through the commitment of Keith Myers and MorseLife, I was among the many staff members able to bring our immediate family to the campus, given we were set up for around the clock child care, along with ample food and places to sleep,” she said.  “That really says a lot about this organization and makes me feel grateful to be a member of the team here.”
     Keith Myers noted that opening the building to “our own” made sense, not just because it ensured optimal staff, but also because it provided a safe haven during the storm for concerned employees.  “Our buildings throughout our 37 acre campus meet the strictest building codes to ensure safety and security,” he said.  “All buildings have impact glass for the highest level of protection from wind damage, and backup generators to ensure no interruption of power, including elevator operations.” 
     In the end, Hurricane Matthew did not materialize as the category 4 storm it was meant to be.  Myers noted that like all storms we face, this was a good exercise in ensuring the team’s hurricane planning makes sense, and in also testing out the prospective outcome of major storms such as Hurricane Matthew.   “Our buildings and campus fared exceptionally well during this storm, both inside and out, and most notably, our Levin Tower, the ten story independent living residence now under construction, also made it through unscathed,” he said.  “As was our goal, we had absolutely no interruption of care or service for our residents and patients which was our main priority, and our staff was safe and secure throughout.”
     For more information about MorseLife Health System, link to www.morselife.org.

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“Art in the Dark” - Enabling “Sundowning” Seniors with Dementia to Express Themselves through Art
8/23/2016

   West Palm Beach, FL, August 23, 2016 -- Many studies indicate that as many as 20% of persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia experience greater confusion, agitation and anxiety later in the day and throughout the night.  As a result, patients may feel restless, be unable to sleep, wander, and experience behavior issues – this is referred to as “sundowning.”

     There are many solutions to what is often a temporary issue, such as medication, better home lighting, and more activity during the day.  Senior care providers such as adult day care centers, assisted living residences and nursing homes also implement innovative solutions to help residents ease through the evening hours.

     MorseLife’s Memory Care Assisted Living residence in West Palm Beach is one such provider that is providing unique ways to help its residents with dementia make the most of their lives.  In the case of “sundowners,” one of its newest programs is called “Art in the Dark,” an initiative that encourages residents to express themselves through art in the evening hours.

     Stephanie Frazier, Executive Director of MorseLife Housing, noted that the “Art in the Dark” initiative was similar to a concept she experienced while she was a guest at a café offering instruction in painting and wine.  “For me, it was so much fun – the staff provided everything we needed like the canvas, paint brushes, step by step instruction and paint, as well as a nice glass of wine,” she said.  “As developed in our Memory Care Assisted Living, we skip the wine, but we guide them in creating their own watercolors.” 

     Ms. Frazier noted that art instructor Jerry Oliver and the MorseLife team make things completely accessible to residents.  “We place blank canvasses on the walls, provide all supplies, and gently offer suggestions and ideas, and the encouragement they need to start creating,” she said.  “The results of their work have been amazing!”         

     “Many a night, we see our residents exploring their talents with listening to classical music well into the later evening hours, and they enjoy every minute of it!” noted Ms. Frazier.  “In our residence, we are all about providing peaceful days – and nights – to our cherished seniors.  The ‘Art in the Dark’ program is one more initiative that is both helping them become less restless in the evening hours, and also giving them the joy of discovering or rediscovering their artistic talents.”

     Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife Health System, noted that the connection between art and healing is at the forefront at MorseLife Health System.  “First, we have exceptional art programs for residents in all of our settings, such as memory care, long-term care, short-term rehab, adult day care and memory care,” he said.  “Even further, the art of truly noteworthy artists – paintings and sculptures – are throughout our campus and buildings, most often either commissioned or donated by generous benefactors.”   Myers notes that the MorseLife boasts a “museum-quality art collection that is often visited by members of the community who do not have any other reason to be on the campus.” 

     “We believe that art humanizes the health care environment, and through its beauty and symbolism, we believe it spurs healing,” he said.  “’Art in the Dark’ for our memory care residents is an initiative that really focuses on the ‘healing” nature of artistic expression, in this case, helping seniors with dementia with their restlessness that can cause sleeping and behavior issues.”

     For more information about the “Art in the Dark” program, and other programs of Memory Care Assisted Living, call (561) 209-6107.    To view the art of the MorseLife Health System campus, call MorseLife Foundation at (561) 209-6103.

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Hotel-Style Bellmen Service Making Life Special for Residents of Senior Residence
8/15/2016

    West Palm Beach, FL (August 11, 2016) – As you pull up to the entrance, a uniformed man immediately comes from his post to greet you, opens the door and helps you with your luggage.   No, this is not a ritzy hotel in New York City – it is actually The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the all-inclusive senior residence on the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors campus of MorseLife Health System. 
     According to Stephanie Frazier, Vice President of Housing at MorseLife Health System, the new “bell attendant” program began in June to help make life easier for residents of the independent and assisted living residence.  “Our overriding goal is to provide a lifestyle that frees our residents from daily responsibilities they had previously that limited their spare time,” she said.  “Our bell attendant program brings to our residents a very special convenience, lending them a hand when they need it.”   
     Ms. Frazier notes that the bell attendants work every day from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.  Like in fine hotels and urban high rises, Tradition bell attendants take on a variety of responsibilities, including helping residents with luggage and groceries; providing assistance as they get into our vehicles for appointments and outings; delivering packages and dry cleaning; and bringing their cars up to the entrance in inclement weather.
     “We have a history of consistently ‘raising the bar’ when it comes to provide exceptional services to our valued residents,” Frazier said.   “Many of our residents have already said that the bell attendants really remind them of the valets from their favorite hotels throughout the country.”
     Morris Horowitz, a long time resident and past President of Resident Council of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, notes that he appreciates the addition of the Bell Attendant Program.  “Our ‘bellmen’ are immediately at our disposal, making all of us feel that we are special,” he said. 
     The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, located on the 37-acre Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife, offers 144 independent and assisted living residences with amenities and features designed to enhance the senior lifestyle.  Built in 2004, the residence has just undergone extensive renovations in advance of the opening of the new Levin Tower at MorseLife, a connected 10 story independent living residence to open in late 2017.  For more information about The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, call (561) 687-3005.

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     MorseLife has built a reputation as a premier provider of innovative, exceptional care for seniors in of Palm Beach County since 1983.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, meals-on-wheels, geriatric care management and Palm Beach PACE, and geriatric case management.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

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Lemna Cardentey of MorseLife Home Care Named “Outstanding Paraprofessional Caregiver” at 2016 Home Care Association of Florida Conference
8/12/2016

     Orlando FL, FL, August 2, 2016 – Lemna Cardentey of Lake Worth, a certified nursing assistant at MorseLife Home Care in West Palm Beach, has been awarded “Outstanding Paraprofessional Caregiver” by the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) at its Annual Conference and Trade Show in Orlando. 
     Lemna received this honor at HCAF’s 2016 Excellence in Home Care Awards, which pay tribute to home care employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in their daily performance on behalf of their home care agencies and the patients/clients they serve.    
     Lemna, the mother of two children with husband Eduardo, has been a MorseLife Home Care CNA for nearly ten years.  According to Vesna Poirier, Director of Patient Care for MorseLife Home Care, Lemna consistently goes above and beyond in providing compassionate and exceptional care to her clients.  “This is a well-deserved recognition for Lemna, and we are so proud of her,” she said.  “Lemna is a stellar employee among our staff members of MorseLife Home Care, a great representative of our commitment to the seniors we serve.”

About MorseLife Home Care and MorseLife Health System
     MorseLife Home Care is an agency of MorseLife Health System, a nonprofit organization providing health care, housing and support services to seniors of Palm Beach County.  MorseLife Home Care provides a full range of home health care services to meet the nursing and therapy needs of Palm Beach County clients upon discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility, or by order of their physician.  MorseLife Home Care also offers support services to help our clients with their daily activities to remain independent and at home, where they desire to be.
     MorseLife Health System is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional care for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, meals-on-wheels, care management, Neighbor2Neighbor, and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded over 33 years ago, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

About HCAF
     The Home Care Association of Florida is a resource and advocate for Florida’s home care industry and patients, representing over 2,000 licensed home health agencies that serve more than 150,000 Floridians in the comfort of their homes.  HCAF was founded in 1989 and is a nonprofit trade association that offers representation, communication & advocacy for providers, and provides the information they need to deliver the highest quality & most cost-effective services to patients throughout the Florida.

Homebound Mitzvah Program Reaching Out To Lonely and Isolated Jewish Seniors over High Holidays – Sept. 29
8/10/2016

    West Palm Beach, FL, August 12, 2016 – Now nearing its twentieth year, the MorseLife Health System Homebound Mitzvah Program and its volunteers are making a difference on Thursday, September 29 to Jewish frail homebound seniors over the High Holidays who otherwise would not be able to experience its joys and traditions.  
      More than 400 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life prepare Homebound Mitzvah Program packages to deliver to seniors throughout Palm Beach County.  The packages include traditional kosher meals, wine, large print prayer book and a DVD of services conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, Chaplain at MorseLife. 
     Just as important, volunteers provide “quality time” to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients – sitting and talking with them to bring some additional warmth to the delivery.  The High Holidays commence with Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, October 2, and continue with Yom Kippur commencing on Tuesday, October 11 and ending at sundown on Wednesday, October 12.
    “The challenge for many of our community’s seniors is the passing of loved ones and friends, or the distance they are from their children, and this is particularly evident over the holidays,” said Linda Sevich, Director of Community Services for MorseLife who has run this program throughout its existence.  “For nearly 20 years, it has been such an honor for us to be able to bring the joys and traditions of the Jewish New Year to them on what could be the loneliest time of the year for them – it is truly a beautiful mitzvah.”
     Homebound Mitzvah Program volunteers will gather for their deliveries on the MorseLife Health System campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive (off Haverhill Road) in West Palm Beach, and at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach at 8600 Jog Road from 8:30 until 3:30 pm.  
    Since 1997, the Homebound Mitzvah Program has been reaching out to the area’s homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over Jewish holidays such as the High Holidays and Passover.  It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.
     For more information and volunteering or receiving packages, call Linda Sevich by September 14 at (561) 282-5388.

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MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA) Enrolls New Class of High Performing Staff- Part of Commitment to Investing In Future Leaders
8/1/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 15, 2016 – For the next six months, twenty high performing management employees of MorseLife Health System will go through the rigors of understanding what it takes to be strategic, creative, passionate and entrepreneurial leaders.   These employees are the newest enrollees in MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), an intensive, fast track leadership development program developed and launched by MorseLife Health System in 2014.  

     Keith Myers, president/CEO for MorseLife Health System, noted the organization is committed to being not merely the “provider of choice” in south Florida for seniors requiring health care, housing and supportive services, but also the “employer of choice” to motivated individuals seeking to work in the senior care field.   “We see a clear benefit in investing in our 2,500+ workforce in various ways – through competitive wages and benefits, generous tuition reimbursement, and our own learning institute which offers on-site and online classes and sessions to help them maintain their certifications and licenses,” he said.  “MorseLife Leadership Academy is a major element of that investment in our workforce, in helping prepare our members of our management staff for critical leadership positions in our organization.”

     That commitment shown in this area to our employees, he said, very clearly pays dividends.  “Through a well-trained, high performing and motivated workforce, the seniors we serve in our many programs receive a level of care and service that is uncompromising and exceptional,” he said. 

     Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources, noted that MLA was established two years ago by his department and by MorseLife Learning Institute (MLI) with the oversight of the latter’s director Jimmy Glenos.   “Our enrollees are nominated for this program by their supervisors and on the basis of their potential as high achieving, high performing leaders,” he said.  “These are the staff members whom we consider are the future of MorseLife Health System and the MLA program is designed to ensure that they are the mentors and leaders we need as we continue to progress as this region’s major employer.

     Cooper noted that MLA is rigorous, fast-track and demanding, with classroom instruction, group initiatives and a capstone project that focuses on determining solutions to complex business challenges.  “At the end of the six months, we believe that our enrollees have the skills and aptitude to think strategically and creatively about how to lead MorseLife Health System in a complex business environment,”   he said.   

     Cooper added that since the launch of MLA in 2014, over 90% of its graduates have already progressed into more responsible, leadership roles throughout the MorseLife continuum of care.  “MLA is an innovative and unique program in our field,” he said.  “We believe that MorseLife Health System is one employer that goes to great lengths in areas of professional development and career growth, and with that, we believe we rank among the best places to work in our region,” he noted.

     MorseLife Health System has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition for its excellence as a workplace, including “Best Place to Work,” “Business of the Year,” and “Ultimate CEO Award” from the South Florida Business Journal; and “Best Talent Management Strategy” and “HR Innovator of the Year” in the “Excellence in HR Awards of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

     For more information on MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), or career opportunities at MorseLife, go to www.morselifecareers.org.

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Palm Beach PACE Schedules Open Houses at its Delray Beach Site
7/14/2016

     Delray Beach, FL, July 11, 2016 – MorseLife Health System’s Palm Beach PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Delray Beach has scheduled a series of open houses in July and August with the goal of building awareness of the managed care program for seniors at-risk of losing their independence.  

     The three events will be held the PACE Program’s site at Temple Sinai, 2475 West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach -- 

  • Thursday, July 14 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Breakfast Open House
     
  • Thursday, July 28 – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Luncheon
     
  • Thursday, August 11 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Hors D’oeuvres

 

     The Open Houses will include an informational overview and tour of the Palm Beach PACE in Delray Beach, which opened as MorseLife’s second PACE site last spring.   Palm Beach PACE was first established on MorseLife Health System’s West Palm Beach campus in 2013 and is today considered the fastest growing PACE program in the country. 

     PACE is a managed care program for people age 55 or older who meet the criteria for nursing home placement, providing a full complement of health care and supportive services to enable them to live independently at home.  These services include transportation, primary and specialty medical and nursing care, medical rehabilitation, medications and durable medical equipment, laboratory and diagnostic services, skilled home care and personal care, adult day care and activities, and meals. 

     The program operates five days per week, and there is no cost to enrollees who are eligible for Medicaid, or both Medicaid and Medicare.

     To RSVP for the Open Houses, please call (561) 501-5858.  To learn more about Palm Beach PACE, you may also go to www.palmbeachpace.org.

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MorseLife Celebrates First Anniversary of Opening of Memory Care Residence
6/20/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, June 18, 2016 – MorseLife Health System hosted a “Night of
Splendor,” as it celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Memory Care Assisted Living residence on Saturday night, June 18.   Guests, including residents, their families, community leaders and staff, enjoyed an evening of music, a fashion show and refreshments as the nonprofit commemorated its first year of serving the needs of seniors with memory impairment.

     Built in MorseLife’s former Edwards Pavilion, Memory Care Assisted Living offers a “neighborhood concept” which features a warm and inviting kitchen, dining and living room areas for residents to gather for socialization and relaxation, an outdoor
garden and 52 studio apartments.   Residents receive on-site medical services and comprehensive amenities and activities.  Programs unique to the organization include Music & Memory, an initiative that brings personalized music on iPods to residents which has been shown to enhance cognition, behavior and socialization; and an “Art in the Dark” program which allows for creativity in the evening hours when many residents are prone to feeling restlessness and wandering.

     The residence also includes a separate long-term care floor for seniors with advanced memory impairment.  It specializes in residents with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Wenicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and other memory disorders. 

     Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife Health System, notes that the demand for Memory Care Assisted Living has been great since the opening last June.  “Without medical advancements on the horizon leading to prevention or cure, we can now only see increased need in South Florida for seniors with memory impairment,” he said.   “We are pleased that Memory Care Assisted Living is here to fill the gap in our region for innovative care model for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.”

     The Memory Care Assisted Living was among the four phases of MorseLife Health
System’s $150 million capital project funded in part through the generosity of donors of the Campaign to Transform MorseLife.  This Campaign, which has raised nearly $40 million to date, also resulted in the opening of the Mack Pavilion for short-term rehabilitation and the renovation of the Resnick Pavilion long term care residence.   The fourth phase, now under construction will be a 182-unit luxury, full service independent living residence, The Stephen and Petra Levin Tower at MorseLife, to open in the summer of 2017.

     For more information about Memory Care Assisted Living, call (561) 209-6107 or link to www.morselife.org/memory-care.

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2016 Tzofim Friendship Caravan Brings Music and Inspiration To Our Seniors
6/14/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL (June 14, 2016) – The residents at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches on the MorseLife Health System campus in West Palm Beach were recently given a wonderful “taste” of Israeli music and culture, courtesy of teenagers who are part of the Tzofim (Israeli Boy and Girl Scouts) Friendship Caravan. 

     Ten teens from Israel, traveling throughout North America as part of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, spent the afternoon entertaining and speaking with seniors who are residents of the independent and assisted living residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches.   

     Through music and dance, the youth gave the residents a look at the history and culture of Israel, its people and cultures and the hopes and aspirations of Israeli – young and old alike.              

     The Tzofim Friendship Caravan has been sending selected young Israeli Scouts to North America for over 40 years.  The event is one of many entertaining, informative and life-affirming programs available to residents of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches.  For more information, call (561) 687-3005. 

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The Levin Tower at MorseLife Hosting Workshops For Future Residents To Address Issues of Moving/Ease Transition
6/13/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, June 13, 2016 – The marketing team of the Stephen and Petra Levin Tower at MorseLife recently hosted its first in a series of workshops for “Charter Residents” to address questions and issues they will face upon their impending move to the new rental luxury community.

     The all inclusive independent living residence, now under construction on the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife Health System is already receiving deposits from future residents, called “Charter Residents.”   The grand opening is scheduled for the summer of 2017.

     Trisha Hewes, Vice President of Sales for MorseLife Health System, notes the “Charter Resident Workshops,” will meet monthly through the opening date.  “Our
workshops are designed to address the many questions new residents may have
about their move,” she said.  “Our goal is to help them to enjoy the anticipation of their move by easing any concerns they may have, and prepare them for each ‘decision milestone’ they face as the “move-in” date approaches.”

     Ms. Hewes says specific topics will include real estate and financial issues, talking to loved ones about the decision to move, downsizing, and design considerations, along with project updates.  ”We want out future residents to feel 100% comfortable with their decision to move to the Levin Tower at MorseLife, ensuring a worry-free move in,” she said.  “We know that any transition can come with a certain amount of stress, and through these workshops and ongoing communication, we will alleviate that.”

      The Levin Tower at MorseLife, which broke ground last November, will offer 135 one and two bedroom apartments in the first phase of construction, ranging in size from 900 to nearly 1500 square feet, gourmet dining in its restaurant and bistro, wellness spa, outdoor pool, housekeeping, transportation, security and a full array of activities.  The plan is to build an additional 47 units in the second phase of construction bringing total units to 182 upon its 2017 opening date.   

     For more information, call the Levin Tower at MorseLife sales office at
800.498.6937, or link to www.morselife.org/thetower.


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MorseLife Memory Care To Host “Night of Splendor” – Commemorating First Year Anniversary
6/2/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, June 2, 2016 – MorseLife Memory Care Assisted Living will host a “Night of Splendor,” an evening of music, fashion and cocktails in celebration of the residence’s first year anniversary.  The event will be held at MorseLife Health System, 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive in West Palm Beach, on Saturday, June 18 beginning at 6:00 pm.

     MorseLife Memory Care Assisted Living opened last June, offering 52 residences for seniors with moderate memory impairment, as well as a separate 30-bed long-term care residence for seniors with more advanced memory impairment.  Regularly at capacity, it fills a service gap in Palm Beach County for innovative residential programs for seniors with moderate to advanced memory impairment that comes with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

     A “neighborhood concept,” the residence offers expansive dining and living room areas, warm and inviting kitchen, gardens, as well as full service amenities and activities.  It has an on-site medical team led by a Harvard-trained geriatrician, nurse practitioners and visiting medical specialists; structured fitness programs; and innovative activities program designed to engage and stimulate residents.  One of its unique programs is Music & Memory, a program of personalized music on the iPod which has shown to improve behavior, socialization and enhance cognition.

     “Night of Splendor” starts at 6:00 pm with music from the Danny Zales Band, followed by a fashion show and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Guests are asked to wear red, white and black clothing.

     To RSVP, call (561) 209-6107.

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New program for seniors in Delray Beach offers medical care, meals, classes
5/31/2016

By Lois Solomon, Sun-Sentinel

     At Temple Sinai in Delray Beach, elderly can get medical care, medications, meals.

     Some seniors who want to avoid placement in a nursing home have a new alternative. And it's free.  PACE, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has opened its second Palm Beach County site at Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County in Delray Beach. Seniors who are older than 55 and eligible for a nursing home through Medicaid can get PACE's services at no cost, including care from doctors, nurses, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists, as well as meals, home visits, classes and transportation to and from their homes.

     The program is sponsored by MorseLife Health System, a nonprofit senior care organization based in West Palm Beach, where the agency opened its first PACE program in 2013. PACE has 132 sites across the country; Florida sites are also in Miami, Clearwater and Fort Myers.

     The Delray Beach program opened in January and has 32 clients but room for about 200, said Dr. Alan Sadowsky, a MorseLife senior vice president. The West Palm Beach site has about 170 patients.

     PACE programs are designed to provide everything low-income seniors need to maintain their independence, including nutrition counseling, occupational therapy, prescription drugs, dentistry and optometry. The model was designed in San Francisco in the 1970s, when descendants of Italian, Chinese and Phillipine immigrants sought community-based care for their aging parents, according to the National PACE Association.

     "I enjoy every moment of every day I go here," said Shirley Brickman, 94, of Boynton Beach. She said all her friends had died and her two sons began to worry about her loneliness and unwillingness to leave her house. Her hearing began to fail, and she slipped several times and broke her wrist.   Now, three days a week, she attends PACE in Delray Beach, where she eats breakfast, lunch and two snacks, exercises, visits a doctor and plays card games.  "You don't pay for any medical care here," she said, "and they kiss me when I walk in."

     Dr. Sadowsky said PACE leaders seek to avoid expensive hospital or nursing-home stays for their patients by providing extensive preventive care. Medical practitioners check in with them regularly, either at Temple Sinai or at their homes. Specialists also visit the seniors' homes to check for dangers such as falling risks, and may raise a toilet seat or add a grab bar to a shower.

     This senior monitoring system is one of several new models that have been developed over the past couple of decades to allow the elderly to age at home, said Dr. Joseph Ouslander, senior associate dean for geriatric programs at Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.  Other programs include Independence At Home, which brings primary care to seniors' houses, and GRACE Team Care, based at Indiana University, which uses an interdisciplinary medical squad to coordinate and track the seniors' progress.

     Ouslander said PACE is also a good model but serves a small population and hardly makes a dent in "a big social problem," the nation's growing multitude of medically needy seniors.

     In Florida, projections by the Legislature's Office of Economic and Demographic Research show 24 percent of residents will be older than 65 by 2030, up from 19 percent today.

     Sadowsky said PACE in Palm Beach County has lots of room to grow. The program spent about $1 million to renovate a wing of Temple Sinai with offices, classrooms and a mini-hospital.   "We are working with people of limited means, minorities, the underserved," Sadowsky said. "We become their provider, and we pay for what they need."

     For more information on PACE, call 561-868-2999. 

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Take From Life What You Can: Perspectives from 105 Year Old Belle Roberts
5/10/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, May 10, 2016 -- Not too long ago, you might Belle Robertshave seen Belle Roberts “power walking” around the campus of MorseLife Health System in West Palm Beach every day and in amazement, realized that this “high stepper” was a spry centenarian over 100 years old.

     Belle, a beautiful woman who could easily pass for 75, turns 105 years old on May 15, and she could not be more positive and happy.   As a resident of an independent living residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, since its opening in 2004, she has remained among the most upbeat among her neighbors and friends, and is still going strong.   She says she doesn’t walk around as often, but as with that positive attitude, infectious giggle – is still as active mentally as people more than half her age.

     Belle’s daughter, Carol Slater of Palm Beach Gardens, attributes her mother’s long life to that positive attitude, along with a zest for living.   “Mom always told me that her own mother – my grandmother – told her to ‘take from life what you can – just go!,” said Mrs. Slater.  “So that’s what she has always done.”

     A world traveler for much of her life, Belle notes her favorite trips were visits to her daughter in Geneva, Switzerland, where her late son-in-law, Sherwood (Woody) worked for the World Health Organization, and then later to Paris, where he worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.   “In one of my trips to Israel in the 1980’s, I remember being at the opening of the Maccabi Games,” she said.  “That was really moving and thrilling.”

     Belle notes that her last trip was on the road with her daughter from Florida to Cleveland to visit her family.   “Family has always been important to me, and now that I am not traveling, I am glad that my wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren come to Florida to visit me,” she said.

     As for her own family, Belle was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the middle child of Anna and Abraham Sidlowitz.  She notes that her commitment to being active started out of necessity in her youth. “We didn’t have a car, so my family and I did a lot of walking to get to where we needed to go,” she said.  “We even had to walk a number of blocks to get the street car.”

     A worker nearly all of her life, she got her first job as a secretary when she was 17 years old and then married her first husband Ben Steinberg in 1932, raising two children and continued to work.    When her husband passed away in 1962, she decided to join her daughter and son-in-law in a move to Atlanta, Georgia.  “I had a job even before I arrived – when I came for a visit before the move, I learned of a secretarial position at The Temple and it was offered to me on the spot!”  she said.  It was there that she met her second husband, Irvin Roberts, whom she married in 1969.  Moving to Florida in 1991 with her daughter and son-in-law who at the time was Associate Executive Director of the Morse Geriatric Center where her husband Irvin spent his last years before passing away in 2000.

     “When my son-in-law Woody was still alive, he told me about the planning of The
Tradition of the Palm Beaches and said that when it was built I  would be ready to move in, " she said.  “Well, Woody didn’t live to see the opening, but I in fact was the first resident to reserve an apartment and have been here for 12 years.”

     As for the reason for her long life, Belle notes that it has not necessarily been attributable to good genes.  “Both of my parents lived to their 80s, and my siblings passed away early in their lives,” she said.   “For me, I think it has been combination of active living and good fortune.”

     Her daughter Carol also notes that while she only walks on occasion these days, she takes time to read, do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, dines with family members when they are in town and loves to go to Bingo.  Mom has always had an active life and continues to thrive.

     Belle also likes to pass along her mother’s advice – to take from life what you can.  “While your life may come with some ups and downs, just take things in stride and enjoy what you really love to do,” she said.  

     ….and with an infectious giggle, which some believe is her trademark, she notes she looks forward to a bit more to her life – “a life well lived.”

     For more about Belle, go to http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/local-woman-shares-secret-of-long-life.


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Jewish Agencies in Palm Beach Area To Host Community Holocaust Remembrance Event
4/20/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL (April 20, 2016) – Seventy-years ago, allied forces liberated Holocaust survivors and brought an end to World War II.   With the joy of liberation, survivors had to contend with the wounds and trauma engendered by their experience.  

     This year’s Yom Ha’Shoah V’Hagvurah Community Commemoration, presented annually by MorseLife Health System and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, will focus upon the lives of survivors in the shadow of the Holocaust.   The program will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, 4920 Loring Drive in West Palm Beach.

     The theme of this event is “After Liberation” and will also include a special guest speaker, Char Plotsky, a survivor from Belgium; a traditional candle-lighting by area youth in partnership with local Holocaust survivors; as well as musical performances, and remarks by community leaders, public officials and interfaith leaders.  Rabbi Alan Sherman of MorseLife will lead prayers.

     The event on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, is free and open to the public.  For more information and to RSVP, call (561) 242-6671.  

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25th Anniversary MorseLife Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club A Sell Out
4/15/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, April 15, 2016 – The MorseLife Golf Classic was another sell out this year, as men and women athletes gathered for a beautiful day of golf in support of MorseLife in its mission of providing exceptional care for seniors of Palm Beach County.  Now in its twenty-fifth year, the event was held Monday, March 21 at The Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.  

     Moe Tarkinow was returning Chairman of the event, joined by Co-Chairman Eric Kaplan and Honorary Chairmen Irwin Peckman and Steve Weinberg.  Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark are Co-Chairmen of Friends of MorseLife.

     The MorseLife Golf Classic, which followed the spectacular MorseLife Dinner Dance last December and the MorseLife Luncheon held February 3, is one of a series of popular fundraising events of MorseLife during the Palm Beach social season.   

    “The MorseLife Golf Classic at the exquisite Trump National Golf Club was another huge success this year!” noted Moe Tarkinow.   “Through the generosity of our golfers, sponsors and donors, we raised more funds this year to help support MorseLife in caring for seniors of our community who so greatly need its services.”

     Mr. Tarkinow expressed appreciation to corporate sponsors Braman Motorcars, Colonial Consulting, LLC, Gulfstream Media Group, J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC, Medline Industries, Inc., Perkins Eastman, Seabreeze Publications, Inc. and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.  He also thanked $5,000 and over sponsors Judy and Ronald Baron, Alice and Nathan Gantcher, Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, Francine and Edward Kittredge, Mackmyra Swedish Single Malt Whisky (which offered tastings on the course), Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A., John Osher, Ruth and Irwin Peckman, and Jill and Sandy Sirulnick.

      For more information about the events of MorseLife Health System, call (561) 209-6103 or to go www.morselife.org.

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MorseLife Health System The Focus Of Mosaic TV Program
3/31/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 27, 2016 -- MorseLife Health System was the focus of Mosaic, the television program of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County hosted by our dear friend and supporter Barbara Kay and Susan Pertnoy.  The program was aired on March 27 on WPTV – Channel 5.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO, spoke about the ongoing growth of MorseLife Health System in line with identified needs of our growing senior population; building projects; development of new programs and services; and the commitment to excellent employees.  Also featured were Dr. Alan Sadowsky, speaking about the PACE Program, and Stephanie Frazier, speaking about Memory Care Assisted Living.

     To view this program, please link to the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7iIXMPAXQU.

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Eagle Scout Project To Bring Groundbreaking Music and Memory Program to More MorseLife Clients
3/22/2016

    West Palm Beach, FL, March 22, 2016 – When Noah Pack of Boy Scout Troop 810 in Palm City was looking for a project to help him earn his Eagle Scout badge, he never dreamed that the impact of his effort could bring greater quality and enjoyment to the lives of seniors with memory impairment and dementia. 

     Through his initiative and the support of other generous people, Noah collected 14 gently used iPods and over 50 CDs to contribute to the Music and Memory Program of MorseLife Home Care, a groundbreaking program that uses music to help “reignite the minds” of seniors with memory impairment. 

     Vesna Poirier, Director of Patient Services for MorseLife Home Care and a fellow congregant at Noah’s church, knew he was looking for a project to earn his badge and decided to give him an overview of Music and Memory.   “This program, depicted in the award-winning documentary Alive Inside, enables us to provide personalized music on an iPod to clients with memory impairment, which in most cases provides remarkable outcomes – better communication, improved cognition and behavior and overall happiness,” said Mrs. Poirier. 

     Noah solicited donations of iPods and CDs from congregants of his church, school and community to ultimately add to MorseLife’s large music library and iPod collection.  Poirier notes that the iPods are provided to families for free, so monetary and iPod donations are critical to expanding it. 

     Mrs. Poirier noted that MorseLife Home Care is among leading long-term care residences to embrace the Music and Memory Program, and is, in fact, has developed an accredited training course and is partnering with the national Music and Memory Program to produce a series of training videos.   “Our expert at MorseLife is Robert Holway, who has become a noteworthy authority on the program,” she said.  “Robert works with many clients on our campus and in the home in helping their families
develop playlists for the iPods, and then working with them on the use of them,”
noted Mrs. Poirier.  “The results are remarkable!  We have seen previously unresponsive clients regain their ability to communicate, and even sing and dance when they did not before receiving their iPods.”

     Mrs. Poirier notes that MorseLife Home Care is grateful to Noah for his enthusiasm for the project, and for dedicating his Eagle Scout initiative to this effort.  “Through his altruistic initiative, he is helping so many more people improve their lives,” she said.  “He has truly earned his badge, and we congratulate him for that.

     For more information about the Music and MemoryProgram at MorseLife Home Care, call (561) 616-0707.  


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Author Alice Hoffman wraps up Literary Society’s season series
3/18/2016

By David Rogers, Daily News Staff Writer

     It’s intuitive to think writers create works on topics they know well.   Alice Hoffman, the author of such best-selling novels as The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, doesn’t follow that advice.

     Hoffman, a resident of New York and Cambridge, Mass., writes instead about what she can imagine.

     More than four decades ago, a Stanford professor suggested that direction.

     “I think that was the best advice I ever had,” she told an audience at The Colony Thursday during the last MorseLife Literary Society session of the season.

     “I wasn’t interested in my own life. I was interested in other people’s lives. And I was also interested in escaping. Which is probably why I prefer fiction over nonfiction,” said Hoffman, whose career was boosted in 1998 when Oprah Winfrey selected Hoffman’s Here on Earth for her book club.

     Hoffman said she didn’t visit the Caribbean island of St. Thomas — the location of her 2015 book The Marriage of Opposites — until she flew there for a speech a few weeks ago. Although most of her work is fiction, Hoffman said she conducted considerable research for that and other historical novels.

     “I had many letters from people on St. Thomas who said you got it, I felt like I got home when I read your book,”  Hoffman said.

     The Marriage of Opposites is the fictionalized tale of Rachel Pissarro, a strong-willed woman who was the mother of Impressionist pioneer Camille Pissarro. The catalyst was Hoffman’s viewing of a Pissarro exhibit in Williamstown, Mass., during “down time” before a friend’s wedding. Hoffman did some research and found she was more interested in telling Rachel Pissarro’s story.

     Born in 1795 on St. Thomas, Rachel Pissarro created a scandal in the Jewish community there and abroad by seeking to marry husband Isaac’s nephew after Isaac’s death in 1824. Her first husband’s death left her alone to care for their three children. The local synagogue forbade Pissarro from marrying Frederic Pissarro, even though they were not related by blood, Hoffman said. Pissarro, however, showed an independent streak by seeking an endorsement of grand rabbis in Europe, including those in France, her parents’ home country, according to Hoffman.

     The controversy reverberated “because she was such a rebel, because she wouldn’t do what she was told,” Hoffman said.  The St. Thomas synagogue eventually acknowledged the couple’s marriage in 1833, three years after Camille’s birth. Rachel Pissarro’s strength contributed to her famous son’s success, Hoffman said.

     “I feel she was the ultimate Jewish mother in a positive way. For instance, when she died at the age of 94, she was still supporting Pissarro and that was the year two of his paintings were accepted by the Louvre,” Hoffman said.

     This year’s MorseLife series also included Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough, who spoke about his latest book, The Wright Brothers, on Jan. 19 and Allison Pataki, author of The Accidental Empress and daughter of former New York Gov. George Pataki, on Feb. 18.

MorseLife’s Kristofer Cooper Named HR Innovator of the Year in Greater Miami Chamber’s 2016 Excellence in HR Awards
3/7/2016

      Miami, FL, March 4, 2016 – Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources at MorseLife Health System in West Palm Beach, was named “HR Innovator of the Year” in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2016 Excellence in HR Awards in conjunction with its annual HR Insights conference at Jungle Island on Friday, March 4.

     The Chamber bestowed six awards for individuals and companies/organizations
to recognize the accomplishments of HR professionals and teams who are responsible for combining the essential ingredients of diversity, talent management, retention and teambuilding to create the perfect blend for their companies.

     With 25 years of senior leadership in HR – nationally and internationally – Kristofer Cooper joined MorseLife Health System seven years ago.  In his role as Vice President of HR, he is charged with developing and overseeing the implementation of advanced and innovative HR policies and procedures, in addition to directing recruitment, talent development, compensation and benefits for over 4,500 employees of the nonprofit senior care organization. 

     Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, noted that this honor is well-deserved.  “As a direct result of Kris’ leadership over the last seven years, Kris has enabled MorseLife to break new ground in HR with progressive programs that today positions our organization as a major, prominent employee attracting top candidates,” he said. “We are proud to see Kris – and MorseLife – recognized for innovation of HR.”

     For more information about careers at MorseLife Health System, contact Elisa Newball at (561) 687-5764 or go online at www.morselifecareers.org

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Homebound Mitzvah Program Reaching Out To Lonely and Isolated Jewish Seniors over Passover – April 21
3/1/2016

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 1, 2016 – Now in its nineteenth year, the MorseLife
Homebound Mitzvah Program and its volunteers are making a difference on Thursday, April 21 to Jewish
frail homebound seniors over the Passover who otherwise would not be able to experience its joys and traditions.  

      More than 400 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life prepare Homebound Mitzvah Program packages to deliver to seniors throughout Palm Beach County.  The packages include traditional kosher for Passover meals, matzoh, wine, large print Haggadah and a DVD of a seder conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, Chaplain at MorseLife.  Just as important, volunteers provide “quality time” to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients – sitting and talking with them for a while to bring some additional warmth to the delivery.  Passover begins the evening of April 22and ends on the evening of April 30. 

         “For some people, particularly seniors with loved ones and friends who have passed on or live a distance from them, the holidays can be the loneliest time of the year,” said Ms. Sevich.  “For nearly 20 years, it has been such an honor for us to be able to bring the joys and traditions of Passover to them – it is truly a beautiful mitzvah.”

     Homebound Mitzvah Program volunteers gather for their deliveries on the MorseLife campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive (off Haverhill Road) in West Palm Beach, and at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach at 8600 Jog Road from 8:30 until 3:30 pm.  

    Since 1997, the Homebound Mitzvah Program has been reaching out to the area’s
homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over Jewish holidays.  It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

     For more information and volunteering or receiving packages, call Linda Sevich by April 14 at (561) 282-5388.

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Pataki’s novels inspired by little-known history - Former N.Y. governor’s daughter speaks at MorseLife Literary Society breakfast.
2/22/2016

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Staff Writer

     A self-described “history nerd,” bestselling novelist Allison Pataki told an audience at The Colony this week that she comes from a family where the past is always part of the present.

     “We always brake for historical markers — we always stop for the signs in the road,” she said, describing road trips she has taken with her parents, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former
first lady Libby Pataki, and her three siblings.

     That fascination with history — and with women whose stories have largely been pushed to the sidelines — has informed her two historical novels, as well as one to be released in a few weeks, Pataki said during her breakfast appearance, sponsored by the MorseLife Literary Society.

     Pataki’s first novel, The Traitor’s Wife, related the little-known tale of Peggy Arnold, wife of Benedict Arnold, the American general who committed treason during the Revolutionary War. When the book achieved immediate success two years ago, its author fretted that she was “never going to find a woman in history as fascinating and intriguing as Peggy Arnold.”

“A free spirit”

     She needn’t have worried. The inspiration for her next book, The Accidental Empress, had taken root during a family trip 10 years ago to Hungary, the Pataki family’s ancestral homeland. The Austro-Hungarian empress referred to in the title is Elisabeth, best known by her nickname, “Sisi.” In 1853, she married Emperor Franz Joseph I and vaulted into what was then Europe’s most powerful ruling family.

     Although Sisi reigned for 44 years, her story — and her role in history — is little known outside of Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and nearby areas, said Pataki.

     “I thought: What a privilege and what an honor that I’m going to be the one to write this story,” Pataki said, noting that the empress’ story, in some ways parallels the life of the late Princess Diana.

     During her talk, she briefly outlined key developments in Sisi’s event-filled early life, describing how, as an obscure but beautiful 15-year-old, she unexpectedly stole the heart of Franz Joseph, who had originally been betrothed to her sister. She also was regularly at odds with her strong-willed mother-in-law, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, over Sisi’s role in the family and at court.

     “Sophie saw that Sisi was a free spirit who was not necessarily going to tow the Hapsburg line,” she said.

“So juicy”

     Pataki graduated from Yale, where she majored in English with an emphasis in history. She told her soldout audience of about 200 how she worked as a broadcast journalist for ABC and Fox networks after college. But she soon grew frustrated by the time constraints of television news, where sentence fragments are a fact of life.

     “If your sentence necessitates a comma, it is not good for news. I was unlearning everything I had spent my life learning,” said Pataki, who lives in Chicago with her physician husband, Dr. David Levy, and their 1-year-old child.

     She discovered that writing historical novels, however, allowed her the space and creative license to tell complex stories rooted in fact. “This stuff is so good, it would be crazy not to stick closely to the facts,” she said. “I thanked my lucky stars that (Sisi’s) story was so juicy.”

     Her new novel, Sisi: Empress on her Own, is a sequel, describing the royal family’s role in what became an increasingly complex world. Pataki reminded the audience that World War I was sparked by the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the nephew of Sisi’s husband.

     “This is the family that takes us up to the first shots of World War I,” said Pataki, who has been working on a new book about the French Revolution.

Good reviews

     Palm Beacher Judie Schlager, who has read The Accidental Empress, said she enjoyed Pataki’s talk and was thrilled to learn about the forthcoming sequel. “I can’t wait,” Schlager said as the breakfast ended. “I’m going to Amazon right now to pre-order it.”

     Attendee Pamela McIver of Palm Beach said she enjoys authors’ discussions of their work at the MorseLife events. “I always think these breakfasts are so good, so inspirational,” Miller said. “They encourage you to read books you might never have read.

- See more at:
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MorseLife Health System Friends Enjoy Boutiques, Lunch and Cards in Support of Seniors
2/17/2016

     Palm Beach, FL, February 10, 2016 -- More than 500 women spent a beautiful day shopping at exclusive boutiques, enjoying lunch and playing cards and games while helping MorseLife Health System in its mission of providing exceptional care for seniors of Palm Beach County. The MorseLife Luncheon was held February 3 at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. 

     Marsha Goldberg, Harriet Rothfeld, Jill Sirulnick and Penny Wallerstein were returning Chairmen for this event, supported by Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark, Chairmen of the Friends of MorseLife.  Among the guests were Sandy Bornstein, JC Meyers, Ellen Jaffe, Marilyn Katz, Roni Doppelt, Bonnie Dwares, Betsy Green, Beth Goldberg, Fern Fodiman, Lisa Tanenbaum, Susan Ross, Elaine Schuster, Jamie Feig, Norma Tiefel, Barbara Greenwald, Terri Sriberg, Vicki Loring, Sheila Engelstein, Lois Silverman Yashar, Francine Kittredge, Carol Cohen, Arlene Blau, Barbara Davis, Sandy Krakoff, Zelda Mason, Michelle Jacobs, Beth Goldberg, Diane Goldsmith, Ryna Greenbaum, Ronnie Heyman, Cynthia Hirsch, Helene Kaplan, Connie Blue, Nanci Dephoure, Mickey Beyer, Roberta Kozloff, Ellen
Sussman, Sydell Miller, Diane Goldman, Vivian Scharer, Laurie Perlmutter, Joyce Robinson, Edie Schur, Jean Sharf, Amy Schlager, Judy Snyder and Robbi Toll.

     The MorseLife Luncheon, which followed the magnificent MorseLife Dinner Dance “The Gallery” last December 4, is one of a series of MorseLife fund raisers during the Palm Beach social season.   Other events include the MorseLife Literary Society on February 18 and March 17 at The Colony Pavilion; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on March 21 at Trump National Club in Jupiter. 

     MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional health care, housing and supportive services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, meals-on-wheels, care management, aphasia center, and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

     For more information, call (561) 242-4661 or email foundation@morselife.org.

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MorseLife Health System Announces $1 Million Gift from Jean and Frederic Sharf - Transportation Fleet To Be Named in Their Honor
1/19/2016

     Frederic and Jean SharfWest Palm Beach, FL, January 4, 2016 – Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, today announced a gift of $1 million from Palm Beach and Boston-based residents and philanthropists Jean and Frederic Sharf.  Mr. Sharf is retired from the sports marketing business and he and Mrs. Sharf are major benefactors of arts and health care organizations.   Additionally, they are avid collectors and donors of art collections in Boston, New York and South Florida.

     This gift will be designated to the non-profit’s transportation program, which includes a fleet of buses and vans that serve seniors on its campus and community.  Specifically, the fleet of vans transports seniors in long-term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, adult day care and Palm Beach PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

      Mr. Sharf noted that he and Jean were first introduced to MorseLife a few years ago and upon visiting, were “blown away by the level of service provided to seniors of Palm Beach County and we wanted to help.”  The couple’s first capital gift in 2014 named the Welcome Center in the nonprofit’s long-term care residence.  Today, the Center is the site of the elegant exhibit “100 Years of Fashion” which the Sharfs loaned for two years until it will be transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  After that, other collections of the Sharfs will be exhibited in the Welcome Center for the enjoyment of staff, residents, families and visitors.

     Mr. Sharf noted that soon after making their gift to MorseLife, an unexpected event occurred – he required the services of the Mack Pavilion for Short- Term Rehabilitation.  “As a patient, I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the excellence of staff and programs and was further impressed by the care and outcomes,” he noted.  “The team worked with me to get me back on my feet and my rehabilitation still continues as an outpatient.” 

     Because of that experience, the Sharfs decided that they wanted to designate another gift, but they wanted to do something different.  “Naming a fleet of vehicles ultimately appealed to us because it was not merely unique, but it enabled MorseLife to get out into the community further,” he said.  “The program also brings more people to the organization for care, and for seniors living on campus, it affords them greater access to appointments, outings and cultural events.”

      Keith Myers notes that transportation is often the one vital service for seniors that means the difference between loneliness and independence.  “Our transportation program opens up the community to seniors who might otherwise find themselves isolated and unable to access both essential health care services, and events and programs designed to enrich their lives,” he said.  “We are so grateful to Jean and Fred for putting their names on our fleet of vehicles and their generosity speaks volumes about their unwavering commitment to MorseLife and our seniors.”

     The concept of the Sharfs’ initiative fits well within their other philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Sharf noted.  “Jean and I are very interested in impacting the lives of people of all ages, whether it be in making the world more accessible through transportation, or bringing the world of art to more people through exhibits at major institutions such as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Mount Sinai Hospital, New York; Brigham and Women’s, Boston; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.”

     Mr. Sharf adds that he would like to call the MorseLife transportation program the “Sharf Fleet,” although “Sharfmobiles” has also been suggested!

     For more information about MorseLife, its services and fund raising initiatives, call (561) 209-6103 or foundation@morselife.org

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Interventions for Alzheimer’s, Maintaining a Healthy Brain, and End of Life Decisions To Be Focus Of MorseLife “Shades of Gray: A Symposium on Wellness and Aging”
12/18/2015

     Palm Beach, FL, December 18, 2015 – MorseLife Health System’s eighth annual symposium on wellness and aging will be multi-faceted this year, bringing together three renowned medical researchers to discuss new and developing interventions targeting Alzheimer’s and dementia, how to maintain a healthy brain throughout life, and end of life decisions.  MorseLife’s “Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging,” will be held Monday, January 18th at 9:00 am at The Colony Pavilion, 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.

     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, this year’s symposium will cover the full range of issues facing families coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  “Our presenters will bring to light the development of new drugs and noninvasive brain stimulation developed to either slow the progress or reduce the risk for dementia, and also focus on the conversations families need to have as loved ones face the end of their lives due to such diseases,” he said.  “This is truly a broad ranging symposium, designed to help our community understand how to cope with Alzheimer’s and dementia – from treatment to end stage progression.”

    “Shades of Gray” presenters and topics include the following:

“How We Are Discovering New Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease”

Howard M. Fillit, MD, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

A geriatrician, neuroscientist, researcher and author, Dr. Howard Fillit has focused his academic and medical career on Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia, and in accelerating the discovery of drugs for Alzheimer’s.  He is author of more than 300 scientific and clinical publications on Alzheimer’s and geriatric medicine, and is senior editor of the leading international Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.  Dr. Fillit is clinical professor of geriatrics, medicine and neuroscience at The Rockefeller University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has received several awards and honors including the Rita Hayworth Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“The Conversation of a Lifetime”

Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Volandes is a physician and researcher at Harvard Medical School and co-Founder and President of ACP Decisions whose mission is to empower patients and families to participate in their own health care.  He is internationally recognized as an expert in the use of video decision and support tools, decision science and ethics, and leads a group of innovators and video artists in creating video support tools to better inform patients about their medical care options.  Dr. Volandes’ work has been featured in major
publications and national media, and he is author of The Conversation:  A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care.   Dr. Volandes holds his medical degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University.

“Maintaining a Healthy Brain Across the Lifespan”

Alvaro Pascual-Leone,  MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Pascual-Leone is Professor of Neurology and an Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Harvard Medical School and serves as Chief for the Division of Cognitive Neurology and the Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Pascual-Leone's research aims at understanding what controls brain plasticity across the life span to be able to modify them for the patient's optimal behavioral outcome, prevent age-related cognitive decline, reduce the risk for dementia, and minimize the impact of neuro-developmental disorders.   His work has provided evidence for the efficacy of noninvasive brain stimulation in treating various neurologic and psychiatric conditions, including epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson disease, chronic pain, autism, and drug-resistant depression. 

     Keith Myers notes that the issues addressed in this year’s “Shades of Gray” continue to be timely and relevant given that today, there are an estimated 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease with the expectation that this could reach 7.1 million by 2025 barring the development of any medical breakthroughs. “MorseLife just opened its Memory Care Assisted Living residence last June to fill an underserved gap in services for seniors with memory impairment,” he said.  “Someday, we hope there will be a cure, but in the meantime, we are trying to help families cope with the debilitating impact of this disease.”

    To register for “Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging” on January 18th at 9:00 am at The Colony Pavilion, call our reservation line at (561) 242-1583.  Reservations are required and space is limited.

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MorseLife Health System Announces $5 Million Signature Gift from Stephen and Petra Levin
12/5/2015

     Palm Beach, FL, December 4, 2015 – Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, today announced a major private gift of $5 million from Miami and Palm Beach residents and philanthropists Stephen and Petra Levin.   Mr. Levin is former chairStephen and Petra Levin   Photo Credit LILA PHOTOman of the Doral-based Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, and also serves as chairman for MorseLife Health System, and concurrently, chairman of the nonprofit’s capital campaign, The Campaign to Transform MorseLife.

     This signature gift will establish the nonprofit’s new independent living residence, now under construction, as the Stephen and Petra Levin Tower in their honor.  Keith Myers noted that this major donation represents the fourth stage in the transformation of the MorseLife’s Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus which began in 2010 with the capital campaign.  With an original $10 million goal, under Mr. Levin’s leadership, the campaign has raised $37 million to date.

     The Levin Tower, a 300,000 square foot luxury senior residence, will be built in two phases at a cost of $105 million.  It will offer 135 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in the first phase of construction, with 47 apartments to be added in the second phase, all with full service resort-style services and amenities.  The groundbreaking was held this month with a grand opening scheduled for 2017.

     Myers noted that thus far, the Campaign has resulted in the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, which opened in January 2014; the renovation of the Resnick Pavilion, its long-term care residence, completed in November 2014; and the opening of a Memory Care Residence in June, 2015.  The Levin Tower is the fourth phase of the campaign.

     “When Stephen and Petra told us that they had pledged $5 million to the Campaign, we were inspired by their generosity,” said Myers.   “We were already impressed by Steve’s leadership and vision he has conveyed since becoming so critically involved in MorseLife in 2009 and this is another example of the unwavering commitment of the couple to the organization and our community’s seniors.”

     The names of Stephen and Petra Levin are known by many charitable nonprofits throughout the country.  Notably, they are major benefactors for Stephen’s alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, with programs dedicated in his family names.  Stephen also serves on the board of the Palm Beach Police Foundation and is former chairman of the Quantum Foundation, the largest private charitable foundation in Palm Beach County.  Mrs. Levin, a noted philanthropist in her own right, served for many years as Chairman for the Caron Renaissance Gala, in support of the Caron Treatment Centers, and is on the Board
of Directors of Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Institute of Contemporary
Art in Miami
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     Additionally, Stephen is on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and was presented with its National Community Service Award in 1999.  He is former vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Anti-Defamation League, former vice president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and former board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Palm Beach County. He has served on the Vanderbilt University Law School Advisory Board, was vice-chairman of the board of JFK Hospital and also served as president of Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach. In 2011, Stephen was honored by the board of trustees of Northwood University with the Outstanding Business Leader award and serves as a member of the Outstanding Leaders Association Executive Committee. 

      “Petra and I share a solid commitment to ‘giving back’ to causes that fit with our passions and touch our hearts,” said Stephen Levin.  “In the case of MorseLife, our heartfelt passion is the care of this region’s aging adults – cherished individuals who deserve to live their later lives with dignity and quality.”

     “Through its many services, MorseLife consistently goes to great lengths to provide exceptional care and service to seniors, and it is one organization that commits to filling underserved needs, such as independent living,” he said.  “So we are honored to be creating a legacy on behalf of seniors through the naming of the Levin Tower.”

     For more information about MorseLife, its services and fund raising initiatives, call (561) 209-6103 or foundation@morselife.org.  For information about The Levin Tower, call (800) 498-6937.

 

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MorseLife Prominent Donor Reception Features Simon Doonan
12/1/2015

 

     Palm Beach, FL, November 12, 2015 -- The MorseLife Prominent Donor Luncheon, held Friday, November 20th, was not just an afternoon of hospitality and appreciation to generous donors to MorseLife’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife.   It also offered an hour or two of hilarity from noteworthy fashionista, writer, bon-vivant, commentator and window dresser, Simon Doonan.

     Simon, Creative Ambassador-At-Large for Barney’s New York, provided a peek into his storied career as one of the most talked about window dressers in the U.S. and Europe, along with vignettes about his “life in fashion” to a crowd of 150 of MorseLife’s prominent donors and friends and Annual Giving Society members.

     Through the support of Campaign donors, the MorseLife campus has gone through an extraordinary transformation.  Last month, MorseLife broke ground for its ten story, luxury independent living residence, The Tower at MorseLife, which will open in 2017.  In June, MorseLife opened Memory Care Assisted Living, a secure residence for seniors with memory impairment.  

     In January, the nonprofit will celebrate the second anniversary of the beautiful Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion, the County’s most sought-after rehabilitation center for patients after hospitalization for heart attack, stroke, orthopedic injury or other complex conditions.  Last year, MorseLife opened its newly renovated Resnick Pavilion, a neighborhood concept that offers a comfortable, home-like setting and superb quality of life for seniors who require long-term care.

      MorseLife continues to achieve the highest Five Star quality rating from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, and holds the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long Term Care, an honor only 2% of Florida nursing homes have achieved.  MorseLife also maintains its coveted designation as one of two “Teaching Nursing Homes” by the Florida State Legislature.

     For more information about MorseLife and its 2015/2016 season of events, contact MorseLife Foundation at (561) 209-6103 or email foundation@morselife.org.


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MorseLife To Celebrate Groundbreaking for Palm Beach County’s Newest Luxury Independent Living Residence, The Tower at MorseLife
11/2/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, November 2, 2015 – MorseLife Health System will celebrate the launch of construction of Palm Beach County’s newest luxury independent living residence, The Tower at MorseLife, with a groundbreaking ceremony on November 12th at 2:30 pm on its 37-acre campus in West Palm Beach.  The 300,000 square foot, ten-story residence will be built in two phases at a cost of $77.6 million dollars and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

     The Tower at MorseLife is the final building of MorseLife’s four-phase, $150 million capital project funded in part by the nonprofit’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife, which to date has raised over $31 million from the nonprofit’s philanthropic community.  The previous projects included the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, which opened in
January 2014; renovation of the long-term care residence, the Resnick Pavilion, which was completed in November 2014; and Memory Care Assisted Living, which opened in June of this year.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife Health System, notes that The Tower at MorseLife will meet an increased demand in Palm Beach County for quality, full service independent living residences for active seniors.  “The Tower will be built contiguous to our inaugural senior residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, which opened in 2004 and consistently remains at 100% capacity with a waiting list,” noted Myers.  “Building on the success of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the Tower will provide even more upscale resort-style living for our community, with all of the gracious exceptional amenities and services one would expect.”

     The Tower at MorseLife will offer beautifully-appointed 135 one and two bedroom apartments in the first phase of construction, ranging in size from 780 to nearly 1500 square feet, gourmet dining in its restaurant and bistro, wellness spa, outdoor pool, housekeeping,
transportation, security and a full array of activities.  The plan is to offer a total of 182 apartments, with additional units built in the second phase of construction.  “Additionally, while the goal is to enable our residents to live active, healthy lives, they will have priority access to the spectrum of health care and supportive services of MorseLife Health System, a noteworthy center of excellence in senior care, including short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, home health care, memory care, care management and long-term care,” Myers said.

     MorseLife Chairman, Stephen A. Levin, who has also chaired the Campaign to Transform MorseLife, noted that the building of The Tower will represent a boost to the economy for the city of West Palm Beach.  “This Tower will result in over 350 new construction jobs, and upon completion, will add approximately 125 new full and part-time jobs for management, administrative, culinary, housekeeping and other support staff,”  he said.  “This construction, along with the three other phases of our $150 million building project, has received unprecedented support from our loyal donors and friends, and we are so grateful for the gifts
to the Campaign to Transform MorseLife that have made all of this possible.”

     The architect for The Tower at MorseLife is the firm of Perkins Eastman, and the construction company is Whiting-Turner.

    MorseLife Health System holds the 5-star quality rating from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.  MorseLife is also designated by the Florida State Legislature as a “Teaching Nursing Home,” one of two in the state, making it a coveted site for research and training of future physicians, nurses and
allied health professionals. 

     For more information about The Tower at MorseLife, call (561) 49-TOWER (498-6937)

About MorseLife Health System

     MorseLife Health System is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional care for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, meals-on-wheels, care management, Neighbor2Neighbor, and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded over 32 years ago, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.


 

MorseLife Health System and Palm Beach Synagogue Establish Educational Partnership through “Charlotte’s Tea Room”
9/28/2015

     Palm Beach, FL, September 28, 2015 – MorseLife Health System and Palm Beach Synagogue are partnering on a series of uplifting educational programs for both congregants and community, called “Charlotte’s Tea Room.”   The series is funded by Palm Beach resident and MorseLife supporter Ronnie Heyman, in the name of her beloved late mother and Palm Beach Synagogue member, Charlotte Feuerstein.

     “Charlotte’s Tea Room,” will include timely, informative and fun programs on music, art and culture, as well as strategies for living healthier lives, presented by noteworthy speakers from throughout the area.   The series will meet the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at Palm Beach Synagogue, 120 North County Road in Palm Beach.            

     According to MorseLife President and CEO Keith Myers, this collaboration represents one of a number of educational partnerships that the organization is engaging in that primarily target the aging boomer and older populations.  “We firmly believe in the power of education in providing life affirming opportunities for older adults to network, share and socialize,”  he said.   “We clearly see the health benefits of such initiatives that both engage and challenge our senior community – programs that nourish their minds and souls.”

     “MorseLife is honored to be collaborating with Palm Beach Synagogue and Rabbi Moshe Scheiner in presenting these programs for its congregants, and we are grateful to Ronnie for funding this series in the name of her beloved mother, Charlotte,”  Myers said.

     “Charlotte’s Tea Room” programs through the end of 2015 include the following:

  • October 1:  A Spiritual Musical Performance – Healing through Harp and Horn
  • October 15:  Keep Calm and Carry On – The Benefits of Tea
  • November 5:  Got Antiques?  Appraisals on Cherished Possessions
  • November 19:  Addison Mizner – The Palm Beach Society Architect
  • December 3:  Wine and Chocolate – The Jewish Way
  • December 17:  Aging Gracefully

     Charlotte’s Tea Room is free to Palm Beach Synagogue members, and $100 to non-members for series of six programs.   Attendees will also receive a light lunch at each program.  For more information, contact Amy Szoke, Program Manager at Palm Beach Synagogue at (561) 838-9002, extension 4.

     MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of health care, housing and support services for seniors throughout Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, home health care, geriatric care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.


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MorseLife’s Adult Food Program Receives Federal Funding
9/21/2015

     West  Palm Beach, FL, September 21, 2015 – MorseLife Health System, through MorseLife Home Health Care, is pleased to announce re-sponsorship of its adult food program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Child and Adult Food Program.”  According to MorseLife President and CEO Keith Myers, the program makes meals available at no separate charge to enrolled eligible participants of the MorseLife adult day center -- the Schaffer Adult Day Center on the Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus in West Palm Beach.

     “We are pleased to be part of this program,” noted Keith Myers.  “One the most basic needs is good nutrition, and in offering two nutritious meals each day in our adult day center, we meet this need on behalf of our participants.  On behalf of those in need, we are grateful for the funding that the Adult Food program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides.”

     The Adult Food program provides meals to adult day participants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability.  Those eligible for free and/or reduced price meals complete an application with documentation of eligibility information, including the number and names of all household members, social security number of the head of household/primary wage earner or adult signing the application or an indication that a household member does not have one.  Further requirements include disclosure of total monthly income and the signature of the adult day center participant.

     For more information about the programs and services available through MorseLife Health System and its home health programs, call (561) 616-0707, or visit us online at www.morselife.org.  MorseLife Health Home Care provides home and community-based services, including skilled nursing and therapy, home care, care management, meals on wheels, a homebound mitzvah program, and adult education programs.  Serving seniors in Palm Beach County, MorseLife Home Care offers its clients the range of services they need that allow them to live independently in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. 

     MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of health care, housing and support services for seniors throughout Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, programs include short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, independent and assisted living, home health care, geriatric care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

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Mitzvah packages bring joy on 9-11 anniversary (Story in Jewish Journal/Shani McManus)
9/10/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 10, 2015 -- MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah Program deliveries will add a touch of joy to a "sad day"  Now in its 17th year, the MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah Program and its volunteers will make a difference for the homebound on Sept. 11, when they deliver mitzvah packages for the High Holidays to seniors throughout Palm Beach County.

     The fact that the delivery date coincides with the anniversary on 9-11 was coincidental said Linda Sevich,director of Community Based Services for MorseLife, but will add a touch of joy to a "sad day."  "We didn't deliberately choose Sept. 11 for the Homebound Mitzvah Program for the High Holidays, but it has made us — staff, volunteers and recipients — reflect upon this day which will all remember," Sevich noted.

     "Like so many, I lost two family members on 9-11, and the mother of one of these cherished victims passed two days later from what we considered a broken heart," she said. "In the wake of this very solemn and sad day in our history, here we are doing something to bring joy into the lives of our seniors — a celebration of life on a day we lost so many lives. I consider it an honor."

     Minnie Grosman, a 97-year-old resident of the independent living residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, and who delivers Homebound Mitzvah packages twice a year with other Tradition residents on the Mitzvah Mobile, echoed those sentiments.  "I am a great believer in God, and I feel that God has been good to me and my family throughout our lives — in good times and bad," she said. Sept. 11 was a terrible tragedy for our country — for those who lost their lives and their grieving loved ones — and for this world. On this date, it makes me grateful to know that I am here today at 97-years-old to help others who need a hand in life."

     The High Holidays, the most important period of prayer, reflection and celebration for Jews around the world, begin with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 13, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most solemn day of the Jewish year, on Sept. 23.

     It is also a time of joyous family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods. However, many frail and needy homebound seniors throughout South Florida, many without nearby relatives or loved ones, would be spending the day alone, devoid of a holiday meal, if not for a local Jewish program and its hundreds of volunteers who deliver holiday meals to their door.

     The packages include traditional kosher meals, as well as matzah, wine, a large print prayer book and a DVD of services conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, chaplain at MorseLife. Just as important, volunteers provide "quality time" to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients by sitting and talking with them for a while, bringing some
additional warmth to the delivery.

     "The mitzvah program where recipients and benefactors directly touch each other serves to unify the community," Sherman said. "It links us as Jews together as one people regardless of circumstances."

     Mitzvah volunteers will gather for their deliveries on Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the MorseLife campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Dr. in West Palm Beach, and at Temple Torat Emet, 8600 Jog Road in Boynton Beach. Deliveries of about 2,000 meals are made throughout Palm Beach County, from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

     The program was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program, called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through donations by community philanthropists called "Mitzvah Makers" and through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.



Storm Preparedness at MorseLife Health System
8/28/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, August 28, 2015 -- MorseLife Health System has plans in place to ensure the needs of our patients, residents and staff, are met throughout this storm and any storm that threatens our area. 

     Our buildings meet the strictest building codes to ensure safety and security.  For instance, all buildings have impact glass for the highest level of protection from wind damage, and backup generators to ensure no interruption of power, including elevator operations.  We also have ample supplies and food to provide all meals and beverages.   Staff is here 24/7 to continue their work to care for our patients and residents without interruption.

     Throughout the storm and its aftermath, we also commit to being in touch with families to ensure they are fully aware of the well-being of their loved ones.  As we care for loved ones, we encourage families to stay home beginning Monday morning until further notice.  To check on loved ones, call (561) 471-5111.

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MorseLife CEO Keith A. Myers Elected Officer on Board of Florida Health Care Association (FHCA)
8/18/2015

     Tallahassee, FL, August 14, 2015 – Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, Inc., has been elected Not-For-Profit Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA).    Myers will represent FHCA members among the not-for-profit providers of long-term care, keeping them abreast of industry developments, legislative priorities, quality initiatives and professional development.  

     Keith Myers joined MorseLife Health System, a charitable nonprofit senior care organization, in 2007.   Concurrently, he is the nursing home administrator for Morse Geriatric Center, its long-term care center which holds the 5-star quality ranking, the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long Term Care and “Teaching Nursing Home designation.   Myers is a Gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administration. 

     “We are pleased to have such dedicated members as Keith chosen to lead the Association,” noted Emmett Reed, Executive Director of the Florida Health Care Association.  “He is passionate about long term care and extremely committed to the membership, the professional and the residents cared for in our members’ 500+ facilities.  We look forward to his vision and leadership as we navigate Florida’s ever-changing landscape of long term care.”


About MorseLife Health System, Inc.

     MorseLife Health System is a nationally-recognized provider of health care and housing services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  Programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, memory care, home health care, geriatric care management, meals-on-wheels and Palm Beach PACE.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.


 

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FHCA Recognizes Linda McClamma as 2015 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year
8/12/2015

     Tallahassee, FL, August 12, 2015 - More than 800 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Linda McClamma, Senior Vice President of Housing for MorseLife Health System, as she was honored as the 2015 Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to McClamma during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando last week, is the highest honor given to ALF administrators in Florida’s long term care profession. 

     Linda McClamma oversees the operation of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, a 144-apartment independent and assisted living residence. McClamma also manages the organization’s 52-apartment Memory Care residence for seniors with memory impairment. She is a strong leader with a commitment to performance excellence that has resulted in exceptional outcomes for residents and staff. She is known for having an unwavering passion for the long term care profession and has a reputation of being a caring administrator, committed to the mission of enhancing the lives of seniors.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, notes that Ms. McClamma has succeeded in the last 12 years in creating an atmosphere where residents can live life to the fullest.  “Linda has fostered greater success for MorseLife and The Tradition of the Palm Beaches through her leadership and dedication,” he said.  “Occupancy has remained at capacity with a waiting list since we opened in 2004.  The Tradition has become a model of excellence in senior living, given Linda’s commitment to
high standards of excellence and hospitality.  It is a model for others to follow and that is a credit to her leadership.”

     “FHCA is pleased to honor Linda McClamma,” said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed.  “She is a role model, an impressive advocate for high quality care at the local and statewide levels and is incredibly deserving of this award.”

     The Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by Florida Health Care Association to an ALF administrator of an FHCA-member facility with demonstrated service to the
Association, along with significant and measurable achievements in overall facility administration, workforce innovation, survey record and implementation of quality improvement programs.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation which serves nearly 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care facilities that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. As Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s
growing elder care population. For more information about the Florida Health Care Association, visit www.fhca.org.

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Seniors Can Commit To Brain Health With A New Skill - By Keith Myers, President/CEO
7/30/2015

     Continuous learning throughout life is an idea we’d all like to get on board with. But it usually ends up being just that – an idea. We figure we’ll do a crossword every now and then, buy a tutorial on “How to learn French” (and keep it in the trunk of our car) or tell ourselves every New Year’s that this is the year we’ll learn how to really cook, play chess, study religions of the world…fill in your own personal blank.

     However, this “not now” mentality could be hurting you and your loved ones, according to a trend in research. There is increasing scientific evidence that the brain adapts as it is confronted with new challenges.

     A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong”, reports that going the distance, and embarking on a new knowledge journey, may maintain and even improve quality of life. That doesn’t mean that many won’t fall victim to Alzheimer’s or dementia, and we all hope that medical research makes significant breakthroughs in the coming years for those diseases, but all things being equal, continuous learning can aid brain vitality and improve quality of life for the long term. That better quality of life enhances the time you spend with your children and grandchildren, your agility on the golf course or even just your ability to manage the daily chores of life that provide routine and satisfaction.

     The Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, in a separate study, recently published findings that taking on new challenges improve multitasking, which declines with age.  Challenges that improve multitasking were reported to improve working memory and concentration.

     In another new study from the University of Texas at Dallas, researchers found adopting a challenging new hobby is more effective than doing casual crossword puzzles or listening to the radio.  In the test group, 200 participants were assigned to “master” a new hobby. Those participants proved to have greater memory gains than those who did passive activities.

     All of these findings together should encourage you to get up, and find something new that you can commit to for the long term.  Get your brain working by picking up photography (and learning PhotoShop while you’re at it), video games (no, you’re not too old), learning to manage your finances on the computer, or even join a quilting club if you’ve always been interested.  With the luxury of retirement or free time, there’s no better time in life to dive deep into something you’ve always been curious about or had an interest in.

     It’s just as with everything you do – training for a marathon, studying for a test, practicing sculpting – the harder you work, the better and stronger you become. A crossword puzzle every Sunday just isn’t going to cut it.

     As CEO at MorseLife, I’ve committed to the idea of lifelong learning for its therapeutic benefit, and sponsored the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University. The Lifelong Learning Society is a state-of-the-art facility that offers courses to people of all ages in an intellectually enriching environment. Sign up for a course in politics, music, art, history or science and get immersed in it. You’ll soon find yourself questioning, wondering and doing late night “I can’t sleep” Google searches on something that piqued your interest. The Lifelong Learning Society at FAU is a great way to commit to your brain health and there’s nothing like being on a college campus to feel like you’re part of the hustle and flow of life.

     If you are in your later years, it may be difficult to get outside your comfort zone and really commit to your brain health. Remember: life doesn’t end after 65. You still have many years of enjoying your family and the life you have built for yourself. This will become even more possible with the addition of a new skill to your repertoire.

     There is nothing more important than the ability to hang on to memories later in life, so take these studies and suggestions seriously. Remembering the life you had and the precious moments you’ve shared with friends and family is something worth fighting for, and having some fun doing it along the way.

     “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Eleanor Roosevelt said.  For you seniors of Palm Beach County and the South Florida area, though it may be a scary challenge to accept, I encourage you to rise to it. 

MorseLife’s New Memory Care Residence To Meet Service Gap In Caring for Seniors with Memory Impairment
6/8/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, June 8, 2015 – Today, there are 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and barring any medical breakthroughs to help prevent or cure the disease, that number will grow by 40% over the next ten years.  In the State of Florida alone, there are 500,000 seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and that figure will also grow by 44% by 2025.  

     In filling the service gap in Palm Beach County for seniors with both moderate and advanced memory impairment that comes with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, MorseLife Health System has now opened its new Memory Care residence:  a secure 53- apartment Assisted Living residence and separate 30-bed advanced memory care long-term care unit.   

     Stephen A. Levin, Chairman of MorseLife Health System, notes that this construction represents the third phase of the nonprofit senior care organization’s $150 million capital project that is funded in part by the Campaign to Transform MorseLife.  This Campaign, which has raised nearly $30 million to date, has thus far resulted in the January 2014 opening of the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion for short-term rehabilitation and the November 2014 renovation of the Resnick Pavilion of the nursing home.   The fourth phase, to break ground this summer, will be the construction of a 182-apartment independent living residence, The Tower at MorseLife.

     Memory Care Residence has been built in the original Edwards Pavilion of the MorseLife nursing residence.  The first two floors offer 52 secure studio apartments with expansive dining and living room areas, warm and inviting kitchen, gardens, as well as full service amenities and activities.  This residence will have an on-site medical team led by a Harvard-trained geriatrician, nurse practitioners and visiting medical specialists; structured fitness programs; and innovative activities program designed to engage and stimulate residents.  One of its more unique programs is Music & Memory, a program of personalized music on the iPod which has shown to improve behavior and socialization and enhance cognition.

     The third secure level of the building includes 30 long-term care beds for seniors with advanced memory impairment.  A program staffed by medical and allied health professionals with extensive experience and training in caring for seniors with memory impairment, it will specialize in caring for residents with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Wenicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and other memory loss disorders.  The long-term unit will offer expansive dining and living areas, private rooms, amenities and innovative programs, including Music & Memory.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO, notes that the vision for MorseLife Health System is a world without Alzheimer’s.  “However, without medical advancements on the horizon leading to prevention or cure, we are only seeing greater demand in our County and in South Florida for seniors in both earlier and later stages of memory impairment,” he said.  “In both residences, our focus will be on improved health and well-being, life enrichment, sense of security and peace, and peaceful living for residents.”

     Myers notes that the goal of the professional teams running these residences is to help residents make the most of their lives through excellent medical care, comfortable environments and programs designed to build cognition and ensure more peaceful days.  “We want to ensure better quality of life for seniors with memory impairment, and at the same time, ensure peace-of-mind of their family caregivers,” he said.

     MorseLife Health System holds the 5-star quality rating from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.  MorseLife is also designated by the Florida State Legislature as a “Teaching Nursing Home,” one of two in the state, making it a coveted site for research and training of future physicians, nurses and
allied health professionals. 

     For more information about MorseLife Health System’s Memory Care Assisted Living and its advanced memory care long-term unit, call (561) 687-5756.

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The Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis to Honor Rabbi Alan Sherman
5/29/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, May 5, 2015 - The Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis will honor Rabbi Alan Sherman of Wellington at a dinner in Boca Raton on May 20th for his years of dedicated service to the organization and the community. 
     Rabbi Sherman has served as Director of Chaplain Services for MorseLife Health System since its founding in 1983, providing for the spiritual needs of patients and residents throughout its campus.   A retired United States Army Chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Rabbi Sherman was the senior supervisory chaplain of the 3220th US Army Garrison in West Palm Beach and a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal upon his completion of military service. 

     Rabbi Sherman previously served the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as Director Of Community Relations and Community Chaplain during his 33 year tenure there. During that time, he was responsible for the Federation being awarded the William J. Shroder Award, the highest honor given by the Council of Jewish Federations for building a
Coalition of Human Services in response to government budget cuts.

     On behalf of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Sherman served as its executive vice president and one of its former presidents. Notably, he was instrumental in merging the north and south county boards into a unified organization in 1997.

     Rabbi Howard Shub of Temple Beth Tikvah in Greenacres and current President of the Board, noted that Rabbi Sherman is "one in a million."  "He is a true professional who has spent a good part of his career in making the Board of Rabbis a visible, viable and reputable group," he said."Rabbi Sherman is also a dear friend and has been a mentor to me."

     Since his arrival to Palm Beach County in 1979, Rabbi Sherman has served as chairman of the Palm Beach County Community Relations Board, chairman of the Emergency Food and Shelter Board and vice chairman of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He was a co founder of the Holocaust Survivors organization and founding Rabbi of Temple Beit Hayam in Stuart, FL. 

     He has been previously honored by the Board of Palm Beach County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Public Defender's office, the Urban League, the Sheriff's Office, Hadassah, the American Jewish Committee and the Ministerial Fellowship.
Having extensive media experience, Rabbi Sherman was a former religion columnist for the Palm Beach Post, hosted Perspective in Faith on WPTV-12 for ten years and was a regularly featured guest on WJNO radio covering the helicopter supply effort with Jack Cole for Hurricane Andrew. In 1999 Rabbi Sherman received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from his alma mater, the Hebrew Union College.

     The Jewish Journal in 2010 chose Rabbi Sherman as one of the most influential Jewish leaders in South Florida.   Dr. Luis Fleischman vice president and director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County addressed the Board of Rabbis at its recent meeting and described Rabbi Sherman as "a legend in the community."

     Rabbi Sherman is married to Marilyn, a retired hospice nurse, and together they have five children, three grandchildren and one on the way.


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MorseLife Health System Holds 32nd Annual Meeting
5/1/2015

     Palm Beach, FL, April 16, 2015 - The Board of MorseLife Health System took time to honor its members and celebrate the accomplishments of the organization at the 32nd Annual Meeting held April 15th at the Colony Pavilion in Palm Beach.   Stephen A. Levin, Chairman, opened the evening with praise for board members over the last two years of expansion and development of the organization. 

     Keith Myers, President/CEO spoke of highlights over the past year, including four phases of the Campaign to Transform MorseLife which has raised nearly $30 million to date.  “The last two years since our 2013 Annual Meeting have been a time of extraordinary transformation,” he said.  “Today, we are well prepared to meet the needs of a growing population of seniors far into the future and we owe our gratitude to the loyal and involved board members for partnering with us to make our capital projects come to life.”

     Myers made note of the January 2014 opening of the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion,
which is today recognized as a much sought-after rehabilitation center for patients after hospitalization for heart attack, stroke, orthopedic injury and other complex conditions.  In the fall, he noted, MorseLife completed renovations of the Resnick Pavilion, offering a home-like and dignified setting for long-term residents; in June, the organization prepares for the opening of Memory Care Assisted Living; and in the summer, MorseLife will break ground for The Tower at MorseLife, a 182-apartment independent living residence. 

     Mr. Levin followed Myers with the announcement of new board members and officers of
MorseLife Health System, Inc., Joseph L. Morse Health Center, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, MorseLife Home Care/Kramer Senior Services, MorseLife Foundation and the Friends of MorseLife.  David Mack, the 2013 honoree of the “Chairman’s Award,” presented that award this year to Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz for their outstanding leadership and philanthropy on behalf of MorseLife.

     Guests and board members included Vicki and Arthur Loring, Mitchell Rubenstein,
Stephen A. Levin, Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, Sanford Sirulnick, Sondra and David
S. Mack, Lois Silverman Yashar and Dr. James Yashar, John Wallerstein, Michael
Margolis, Beatrice W. Bloch and Alan Sagner, Robert A. Meister, Suzanne LeVine,
Dr. Jeffrey Farber, Ryna Greenbaum, Terri and Paul Sriberg, Pam and Ed Pantzer,
Judie and S. Lawrence Schlager, Robert Jaffe, Francine Kittredge, Fruma and Dr.
Elliot Klorfein, Cynthia Hirsch, Joseph Jacobs, Carolyn and David Brodsky,
Richard Goldberg, Sandra Krakoff, Beverly and Ed Robbins and David Silvers.

     MorseLife Health System is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional health care,
housing and support services for seniors of Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, Memory Care Assisted Living, home health care, meals-on-wheels, care management, Aphasia Center, Neighbor2Neighbor, and Palm Beach PACE.  MorseLife cares for seniors on its 37-acre campus in West Palm Beach, and throughout the community, enabling seniors to live independently in the comfort of home.  Founded nearly 33 years ago, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

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Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Presented with MorseLife Health System Chairman's Award
4/24/2015

     Palm Beach, FL, April 15, 2015 – Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz of Palm Beach, Florida and Purchase, New York were presented with the MorseLife Health System Chairman’s Award at the nonprofit’s 32nd Annual Meeting at The Colony Pavilion tonight.  David S. Mack, the 2013 Chairman’s Award honoree, made the very special presentation at the close of the meeting which was met with cheers from guests at the Meeting.

     The Chairman’s Award was established in 2012 by the organization’s late Chairman David Markin to recognize individuals who significantly contribute to the mission of MorseLife through their commitment to leadership and philanthropy.  

     In making the presentation, Mr. Mack made note of Marilyn and Stanley’s long-standing generosity in providing leadership and guidance, and in providing major support since MorseLife’s founding.    “Your devotion to MorseLife since our beginnings is in evidence throughout our campus because of your generosity,’ he said.   “Your hearts are gigantic as is your capacity to love and share the passion you have for making lives better for seniors.  You stand as role models for all of us.”

     In receiving the Chairman’s Award, Marilyn and Stanley Katz received a commemorative maquette, called “Generations,” created for MorseLife Health System by renowned sculptor Marc Mellon.  Mellon’s maquette is a smaller version of the large sculpture that stands in the main foyer of the Joseph L. Morse Health Center.

     Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz have been board leaders and benefactors since the founding of MorseLife in 1983.  MorseLife’s West Palm Beach, Florida campus was named for them in 2004 in light of their generosity, and its long-term are residence, the Resnick Pavilion, was dedicated in 1989 in the name of Marilyn’s philanthropic parents, Jack and Pearl Resnick.

     Mr. Katz has served as Chairman of the MorseLife Board, and is currently Chairman of the Board of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the independent and assisted living residence of MorseLife.  Mrs. Katz is also a long-term board leader and is currently on the board of Joseph L. Morse Health Center, MorseLife Home Care/Kramer Senior Services Agency, and the Friends of MorseLife.  They both developed MorseLife’s Homebound Mitzvah Program for the High Holidays and Passover, which has been delivering meals and holiday packages to needy and isolated Jewish seniors for 18 years. 

     David Mack noted that Marilyn and Stanley regularly join in celebrations by residents throughout the campus, including the anniversary parties at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches and Yom Hashoah Commemorative Programs.  Stanley has shared his love of art with Tradition residents as well in the Art Program that bears his name.   “Through your warmth and participation, you are much loved by the seniors we serve on our campus,” noted Mr. Mack. 

     Beyond MorseLife Health System, the couple supports a myriad of other causes throughout the country through their philanthropy, including the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Yeshiva University which named its Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Program for the couple.  The campus of the Einstein School of Medicine is also named for Marilyn’s parents, Jack and Pearl Resnick.

     For more information about MorseLife Health System, call (561) 209-6103 or link to its website at www.morselife.org.



MorseLife Leadership Award Honoree – Nearly New’s Sue Dame From Social Work To NonProfit Retail
4/23/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, April 10, 2015 – Gone are the days of spending one’s entire life working for one company or in one job.  Today’s boomers are increasingly changing the direction of their careers at the mid-point of their lives – going from Wall Street to teaching – nursing to painting – teaching to selling ice cream. 

     For Sue Dame, the face of the MorseLife Nearly New Shop for the past seven years, that change in direction was from social work to running a thrift shop.  In light of her success in this role, she was recently named an honoree for MorseLife’s Leadership Award.

    The Nearly New Shop on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach was founded 32 years ago to raise funds for MorseLife in its mission of providing care to seniors of Palm Beach County.  Today, it is a successful venture that benefits MorseLife and the seniors it serves through the sale of gently used, mostly high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furniture, lamps, paintings, and more.

     Micki Ross, the original “face” of The Nearly New Shop, ran the thrift store for 25 years turning it into a neighborhood institution for both donors of high end clothing and other goods, and customers looking for bargains.  Over these years, the Shop has become a consistent source of donations to MorseLife, primarily providing funds for designated programs and services for seniors in its nursing home. 

     Sue Dame, long-time Director of Social Services and Admissions for Morse Health System, joined the Nearly New Shop in 2008.  She noted that while she was helping nursing home residents with a yard sale on the MorseLife campus, Linda McClamma, Vice President of Housing, asked her if she would be interested in working there as Micki Ross was planning to retire.  “I really wasn’t looking for a change, but I started to think about two things – the number of years I had been working in social work, and the excitement of a new challenge,”  she said.  “I thought about it for two days, and then decided to take it.”

     Linda McClamma, who has provided oversight for the Nearly New Shop for over 11 years, noted that she felt Sue had the ability to take Micki Ross’ vision and nurture it even further.  “I wanted Sue to train under Micki, who taught her the business from the ground up – gaining an understanding the entire operation, including the handling of donations, and managing volunteers,” Linda said.  “Two years later, Micki retired and Sue ran with it – with a lot of enthusiasm and success from the start!” 

     “My goal from the start was to re-imagine the store to enhance both the customer and donor experience and increase revenue to benefit MorseLife,” Sue said.  “I decided to step back and treat the store like a retail operation.”

     Among her initiatives, Sue changed the design of the store by establishing separate departments for men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, linens, housewares, beds and railings, furniture, jewelry and art work.  She then encouraged volunteers to take “ownership” of areas of the operation that were of their greatest interest.    

     “We now have designated volunteer experts in art, staging, shoes, furniture, clothing and bric-a-brac,” she said.  “These are areas that they love, so they dedicate their time and creativity to what interests them most.  It really results in satisfied volunteers and
increased business.”

     As for marketing initiatives, Sue developed new signage for the store, and increased its presence on social media, such as its Facebook page and the Internet.  Sue also arranges themed sales and special events to bring more people into the store.

     Ms. McClamma noted that as for results, under Sue’s leadership, the Nearly New Shop has seen an increase in funds donated to MorseLife of at least 20% per year.  Her five year goal, she said, is to increase donations and sales through improving the store’s use of technology, such as EBay and social media.

    The Nearly New Shop was established in 1983 to seek donations of gently-used clothing, shoes, furniture, jewelry, art and other items, and raise funds through sales for MorseLife.  The Nearly New Shop is open daily at 2218 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. 
Its telephone number  is (561) 655-3230 and its website is http://www.morselife.org/nearly-new-shop.


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MorseLife Named 2015 Non Profit Business of the Year in South Florida
3/26/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 25, 2015 -- MorseLife has been named an honoree in the 2015 “Business of the Year” awards program, presented by South Florida Business Journal. The senior care organization founded in 1983 was singled out as the “Non Profit” recipient in this program, which annually highlights excellence across all industries throughout South
Florida.  

     According to Keith Myers, MorseLife President/CEO, the “Business of the Year” distinction comes on the heels of receiving the “Best Places to Work” award, also from the
South Florida Business Journal, among other accolades the organization has earned for its commitment to highest standards.

     “Being named “Business of the Year” in the nonprofit category helps to validate our role as a contributing member of the business community, and as a solid organization committed to excellence on behalf of seniors of our region,” said Myers.  “This honor, in combination with others we have earned enables MorseLife to take the lead as a much sought-after provider of senior care and a major employer of choice in South Florida.”

     The “Business of the Year” awards program, founded over 18 years ago, specifically gives recognition to companies and organizations that build South Florida’s economy through solid business practice, dedication to the community and financial growth. MorseLife will receive its award at the 2015 Business of the Year ceremony to be held in April.   

     For more information about MorseLife, go to www.morselife.org, and for information on career opportunities, go to www.morselifecareers.org.

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MorseLife Retains Five Star Quality Rating In Wake Of Newly Established, Stringent Quality Measures
3/19/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 18, 2015 – In the wake of new, more stringent quality ranking measures put into place last month for the Five Star Quality Rating System for long-term care centers of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MorseLife has retained its five-star quality rating.  Because of these recent changes, 31% of nursing centers who previously held this honor failed to achieve the rating this year.  

      Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, noted that the annual inspection by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in October resulted in the organization receiving its best survey in its 33 year history with zero deficiencies.  Additionally, MorseLife maintains the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, which places it among only 2% of nursing homes in Florida.  MorseLife is also designated as one of only two “Teaching Nursing Homes” in the state.   MorseLife operates a 160-bed long-term care center and 120-bed short-term rehabilitation center on its 37-acre campus in West Palm Beach.
  

     “Retaining our five star rating at a time of more stringent review is a reflection of the care
and high level of professionalism that we deliver every day on behalf of our patients and residents,” noted Keith Myers.


     Myers notes that the quality measures are important because they provide an indication of the lengths that MorseLife goes to provide exceptional care for its patients and residents.  “The ‘Five Star’ rating validates our commitment to caring for seniors with the highest level of excellence,” he said.  “It also confirms the passion that our team exhibits to ensure that
patients are treated with utmost compassion, dignity and respect.”

     For more information about MorseLife, call (561) 410-7676 or go to its website
at www.morselife.org.  For more information on the Five Star system to review ratings on nursing homes such as MorseLife, visit www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.



MorseLife Health System Named Among Top 5 “Best Places to Work in South Florida”
2/27/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, February 27, 2015 – Last evening, MorseLife Health System was named among the top five companies recognized by South Florida Business Journal as among "Best Places to Work in South Florida!   Out of over 200 nominations, MorseLife ranked as one of the top-ranking large organizations as a result of outcomes of confidential employee satisfaction surveys conducted recently by Quantum Workplace

     This “Best Places to Work” honor reflects MorseLife Health System’s commitment to being an “employer of choice” in South Florida – a workplace that receives “highest marks” from among its dedicated staff members.  This speaks volumes about the quality of its workplace and the willingness of employees to convey their satisfaction with their work life at MorseLife Health System. 

     As an employer of choice to 4,500 staff members and growing, We Really Rock when it comes to workplace satisfaction.  To learn about careers at MorseLife Health System, click to www.morselifecareers.org.  To read more about the award, link to http://bit.ly/1C4cmML.



Survivors and Liberators: Portraits by Wilma Bulkin Siegel, MD - An Art Exhibit at MorseLife Health System Through Yom Hashoah
2/24/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, February 24, 2015 – The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust in Europe.  It is also a time to recognize the men, women and children among those who perished, and survivors of the Holocaust, their families and their liberators. 

     Dr. Wilma Siegel’s very touching exhibition Survivors and Liberators, to be on display at
MorseLife’s The Tradition of the Palm Beaches from March 2nd until April 15th, does just that, focusing on survivors, liberators and children of the Holocaust. The exhibit, which Siegel hopes will “instill strength of spirit through portraits and narratives,” is comprised of grand-scale watercolors featuring bold but personal portraits of subjects the artist interviewed and painted in their own homes beginning in 2003.

     Survivors and Liberators will debut with a reception on Thursday, February 26th at 5:00 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, 4920 Loring Drive, on the Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife Health System.  It will then be on display on Mondays,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 1:00 pm or by invitation from March 2 until April 15.  (April 16th is Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day.)

     Dr. Siegel incorporates photographs and other mementos belonging to the subjects into their portraits, each of which represents a casual intimacy while also serving as a record of life. In this exhibition, a program book provides a short biography of each subject, retracing their route from Europe’s concentration camps to life in the United States. With each narrative, the viewer has a chance to develop a deeper connection with the lives represented in each portrait.

     Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife Health System, noted the organization is honored to sponsor and bring to our community extraordinary portraits of survivors and liberators of the Holocaust by Wilma Bulkin Siegel, M.D.  “Survivors and Liberators presents us all with not merely portraits, but sobering and haunting stories behind beautiful faces,”  he said.  “The stories are hard to forget.  And we should never forget.”

     “As an organization serving the health care, housing and supportive needs of seniors of our community, we are touched daily by the strength and perseverance that we see in them today,” Myers noted.  “Some of the seniors we have served and serve today are survivors themselves and some impacted by the horrors of the Holocaust.  We dedicate this exhibit to them, the seniors we care for.”

     For more information about the exhibit, Survivors and Liberators on the MorseLIfe Health System campus, call (561) 209-6103.



MORSELIFE 2015 CAREGIVER CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA
1/27/2015

     West Palm Beach, FL, January 16, 2015 -- Family members and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and professionals can learn about innovative and humanistic approaches to care during a free event sponsored by Memory Care Assisted Living at MorseLife.   This day-long program, the 2015 Caregiver Conference will be held on Monday, February 9th from 9:30 – 2:00 pm at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, 4920 Loring Drive (off Haverhill Road), in West Palm Beach.

     The featured speaker will be Teepa Snow MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, a renowned Alzheimer’s and dementia educator who has been training families, caregivers and professionals on caring for patients for over 30 years.  She will offer two presentations as part of her series “Dementia 360:  Seeing the Condition from Everyone’s Point of View” which will focus on understanding the disease; and “Making Moments of Joy: It‘s What You Choose To Do As A Caregiver,” which will focus on helping caregivers and professionals create a positive environment for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

     Additionally, Vesna Poirier, Director Patient Services for MorseLife Home Care, will introduce a clip for the acclaimed documentary film, Alive Inside, which focuses on the power of music in helping seniors with dementia “re-ignite” their brains.  She will also speak about the Music & Memory Program – highlighted in the film -- and its impact on helping seniors with communications, behavior and cognition difficulties, including patients of MorseLife’s long-term care residence and home health care agency.

     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, Teepa Snow is well known as an engaging speaker and trainer who is able to humanize Alzheimer’s disease.   “Teepa is a passionate advocate for seniors and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,
and a recognized expert in teaching them how to make their lives better,” he said.  “She comes to the table with tested strategies and approaches that help families understand their loved one, and enable them to be better equipped to manage their challenges.”

     Myers noted that the United States will see a 44% increase in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, and in Florida, that increase will be 64% given its large and ever-increasing senior population.  In 2013, unpaid caregivers gave 17.7 billion hours of care, valued at $220 billion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

     He noted that in May, MorseLife will open its new addition to its 37 acre campus, Memory Care Assisted Living, a residence for seniors with memory impairment.  The nonprofit senior care organization will also add new long-term care beds for residents with more advanced dementia.  “The decision to build these projects was in direct response to the increased need for nurturing and progressive residences for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” he said.  “We look forward to filling that gap in services in our community.”

     For more information or to register for the 2015 Caregiver Conference, call (561) 687-5756.  Seating is limited. 

     For more information about Teepa Snow, go to her website at www.teepasnow.com



MorseLife first fully insured employer in Florida to offer coverage for married same-sex couples
1/7/2015

     West Palm Beach, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015 – As Florida’s gay marriage ban ended midnight on Jan. 6, senior health services provider MorseLife became the first privately held fully insured company in the state to offer coverage and benefits for married same-sex couples.

      “Coverage and benefits for all couples married under Florida law will begin immediately. We are thrilled to be the first fully insured company in Florida to announce this,” Kristofer Cooper, vice president of human resources for MorseLife, said. “We are a long-provider of benefits for domestic partners, but we are happy all of our employees will now have the chance to be married under Florida law.”

     Marriage licenses for gay couples have already been issued in Palm Beach  County, where MorseLife is based. Florida is the 36th state to legalize gay marriage.

     “This is a continued demonstration of MorseLife’s vision, diversity and progressive spirit,” MorseLife CEO Keith A. Myers said.


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Healing Power of Music in Seniors with Dementia To Be Focus Of MorseLife “Shades of Gray: A Symposium on Wellness and Aging”
12/22/2014

     Palm Beach, FL, December 23, 2014 – “Alive Inside,” the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film that celebrates the healing power of music for seniors with dementia, will be the focus of MorseLife’s upcoming “Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging.   The nonprofit’s seventh annual symposium will be held Monday, January 19 at 9:00 am at The Colony Pavilion, 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.

     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, this showing represents the exclusive Palm Beach County and Martin County premiere of “Alive Inside,” which has been
described by critics as “an uplifting cinematic exploration of music and its effect on the mind.”  The film, he said, chronicles a program called “Music & Memory,” which shows how personalized music can positively impact behavior, communication and memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” he said. “The documentary features patients, noteworthy health care professionals and family members who have witnessed the miraculous efforts of music in loved ones, where prescription drugs have failed.”

     “Alive Inside” offers insights from social worker Dan Cohen, who founded the Music & Memory program featured in this film, as well as renowned neurologist and author Dr. Oliver
Sachs and musician Bobby McFerrin.  The documentary, filmed over three years,
follows Dan Cohen as he demonstrates music’s ability to restore sense of self to patients to the joy of them and their families. 

     In addition to winning the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, it has earned top honors at Milan and Provincetown International Film Festivals, capturing audiences throughout the globe.

     Myers notes that in providing care to seniors with dementia, MorseLife is certified to offer the Music & Memory program to patients in its home care and long-term care programs.  “We have already seen remarkable outcomes as shown in the film with our own patients, and look forward to incorporating this initiative in our Memory Care Assisted Living residence, which opens on our campus in May,” he added.  “This  is a groundbreaking program that is improving the lives of more than 1.5 million seniors spread out across over 16,000 nursing homes throughout the country.   MorseLife is honored to be among these care providers offering this program to our seniors.”

    To register for “Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging” on January 19th at 9:00 am at The Colony Pavilion, call (561) 209-6103 or email cindyo@morselife.org.  Reservations are required and space is limited.

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Renowned Journalist/60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl Addresses Prominent Donors of MorseLife At Palm Beach Luncheon
12/17/2014

    Palm Beach, FL, November 21, 2014 – Lesley Stahl, one of the most recognized and experienced journalists of our time, addressed prominent donors of MorseLife, the nonprofit charitable senior care organization in Palm Beach County.  Sponsored and hosted by Sondra and David S. Mack, benefactors and friends of MorseLife, the event held at a private venue attracted 150 guests for lunch and a lively presentation by Ms. Stahl, who spoke of a 40 year career marked by major political scoops, timely and compelling features, and award-winning foreign reporting.  

      Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, noted that the luncheon, a precursor to the organization’s Dinner Dance held on December 5th, marked the preview of the social season for the nonprofit which for 32-years has provided health care, housing and support
services to seniors of the County.  “What a wonderful way to express appreciation to our most loyal and generous donors with an exclusive luncheon featuring one of the brightest stars in broadcast journalism, Lesley Stahl,” he said.  “We are grateful to our dear friends and philanthropists Sondra and David S. Mack for their generosity, to Chairmen of Friends of MorseLife Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark for their second year of leadership of our season’s events, and most importantly, to our supporters who give so willingly and readily on behalf of seniors who greatly need our services.”

     In her luncheon presentation, Ms. Stahl spoke of her challenging of “breaking the glass ceiling” in a male-dominated field, her mentors and the many opportunities and challenges throughout her career, including interviewing our nation’s presidents.  She also spoke about how the Internet and social media as a whole has changed the way we receive our news and information.

     Ms. Stahl has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since March, 1991.  Before that, served as the CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H.W. Bush.  She is one of the first female reporters to break through the previously male-dominated field and holds multiple accolades for her work, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards and eleven Emmy Awards.  She is the author of Reporting Live, which details her experiences in covering Washington for more than 20 years.

     The MorseLife Dinner Dance officially opened MorseLife’s season of events on Friday, December 5 at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.  Subsequent events of the season
include the MorseLife Literary Society “Breakfasts with Celebrated Authors” on Thursday, January 15, February 19 and March 19 at The Colony Pavilion; MorseLife Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging which will focus on the acclaimed documentary “Alive Inside” on Monday, January 19, also at The Colony Pavilion; the MorseLife Luncheon and Card Party on Wednesday, February 4 at The Mar-a-Lago Club; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on Wednesday, April 1 at Trump National Golf Club.

     For more information about the MorseLife events and the programs and services of MorseLife, call (561) 209-6103 or go online at www.morselife.org.

The extraordinary exhibit, “100 Years of Fashion” is now on display in the Jean and Frederic Sharf Welcome Center in Morse Geriatric Center.
12/16/2014

     Original Vintage Watercolors exhibit, “100 Years of Fashion” is now on display in the Jean and Frederic Sharf Welcome Center in Morse Geriatric Center.

     Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Sharf, MorseLife benefactors and friends, have loaned this exhibit to MorseLife to be on display until it is transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

     To view the artwork and publication, please click here.

Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care Awards Fifth Consecutive Gold Seal to Morse Geriatric Center
12/16/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, (December 15, 2014) – In its renewal application, MorseLife continues to maintain its Gold Seal Award from the State of Florida, The Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.  The nonprofit senior care continuum has achieved this honor annually since 2009, reflecting the level of care provided in its 160 bed long-term care residence, MorseLife Geriatric Center, and its 120 bed short-term rehahabilitation residence, the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion.  

     The Gold Seal Award program, established by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in 2002, recognizes Florida nursing homes that consistently demonstrate exceptionally high standards and quality of care.  MorseLife has met the
following criteria to receive the Gold Seal Award:

  • Maintain a quality of care scoring and ranking that places it in the top 10% in it region or top 15% in the state and is a 5-star ranked facility in the Nursing Home Guide.
     
  • Has no Class I or II deficiencies within 30 months preceding its application.
     
  • Provides evidence of financial soundness and stability.
     
  • Participates in a consumer satisfaction process involving residents, family members and guardians.
     
  • Involves families and members of the community in the facility on a regular basis.
     
  • Has a stable workforce.
     
  • Has an outstanding record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council within the 30 months preceding its application
     
  • Provides targeted in-service training to meet training needs identified

 

     Upon receiving the award, Keith A. Myers, president/CEO for MorseLife, praised staff at all levels for the achievement.  “Receiving the Gold Seal Award once again and being named among a mere 2% of nearly 700 Florida nursing homes that receive this honor, is an ongoing testament to the level of excellence our entire staff has in their care of our residents,” said Myers.  “We remain committed to being a center of excellence in the care of seniors, and our ongoing goal has always been to not merely meet, but exceed the expectations of our residents and families.”

     Myers noted that this honor represents “our ongoing commitment to continuing to demonstrate best practices in caring for the cherished seniors of our community.”

     The Gold Seal Award program is developed and implemented by the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, which is composed of persons appointed by the Governor’s Office, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Department of Health,
Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Association of Homes for the Aging, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Life Care Residents Association and the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

     For information about MorseLife and its Gold Seal Award, call (561) 687-5749, or
visit our MorseLife website at www.morselife.org.

MorseLife Dinner Dance Guests Dine and Dance “Under the Moonlit Sky” at Mar-a-Lago Club
12/9/2014

     Palm Beach, Florida, December 9, 2014 – The glow of a moonlit sky, on full moon night, filled the ballroom at The Mar-a-Lago Club as over 325 supporters, board chairs and members of MorseLife dined and danced the night away at this year’s spectacular Dinner Dance on
December 5th.   (View photos from the event here.)

     Guests of the event donned festive cocktail attire, celebrating a lovely evening at MorseLife’s largest fundraiser of the season.  The Dinner Dance also culminated the charitable organization’s 32th year of providing innovative and exceptional care to seniors of Palm Beach County.

     Stephen A. Levin, MorseLife Chairman, opened the evening by expressing gratitude to Dinner Dance Chairmen Susan Ross, Heidi Schuster and Laurie Silvers.  Mr. Levin also announced that MorseLife’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife, which he also chairs, has raised more than $25 million to date.  “Because of you, our philanthropic donors, we witness the continuing transformation of the MorseLife campus as we prepare for the influx of more seniors in need of our services,”  he said. 

      In representing Dinner Dance Chairs, Heidi Schuster expressed appreciation to all friends and supporters.  “We are here once again because we all care deeply about the future of our seniors,” she said.  “Your continued support of MorseLife is humbling to us.  We thank you with all our hearts!”

     Among the guests were Christina and Robert Baker, Sandy and Richard Bornstein, Bonnie and Donald Dwares, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Beth and Marc Goldberg, Marsha and Richard Goldberg, Diane and Mark Goldman, Ryna Greenbaum, Nicki and J. Ira Harris, Janie and Arthur Indursky, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, Ellen and Robert Jaffe, Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Roberta and Paul Kozloff,
Sandra Krakoff, Petra and Stephen Levin, Vicki and Arthur Loring, Sondra and David S. Mack, Phyllis and William Mack, Mitra and Michael Margolis, Lisa and Robert Meister, Sydell Miller, David Moscow, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Susan and Darrell Ross, Barbara and Richard Rothschild, Jane and Larry Scheinfeld, Judith and S. Lawrence Schlager, Elaine and Gerald Schuster, Heidi and Scott Schuster, Jean and Frederic Sharf, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Jill and Sandy Sirulnick, Gilda Slifka, Terri and Paul Sriberg, Andrea and John Stark, Norma and William Tiefel, Penny and John Wallerstein, and Lois Silverman Yashar and James Yashar,.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, expressed grateful appreciation for the support of friends, and looked forward to a new year of growth and opportunity in responding to the needs of a growing population of seniors.   “We consider this event an opportunity to thank our loyal and generous friends, many of whom have supported us for over 32 years,” he said.  “The 2015 year brings further initiatives that will strengthen MorseLife’s position as a
preeminent health care resource for seniors of Palm Beach County, including the opening of Memory Care Assisted Living for seniors with memory impairment and the groundbreaking for the new Tradition Tower for independent living.” 

     Upcoming programs of MorseLife include the MorseLife Literary Society on January 15, February 19 and March 19 at The Colony Pavilion; Shades of Gray:  A Symposium on Wellness and Aging on January 19at The Colony Pavilion; MorseLife’s Luncheon and Card Party on February 4at The Mar-a-Lago Club; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on March 23rd  at Trump National Club in Jupiter. 

     For more information, call (561) 209-6103 or email cindyo@morselife.org.

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MorseLife $150 Million Capital Project Continues On Schedule: Projects Transforming The 37-Acre Campus
11/26/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, November 17, 2014 – The MorseLife campus continues to undergo a major transformation, as part of a four phase $150 million capital project.  According to Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, two phases have been completed with the January 2014 opening of the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation and the recently completed enovations on Morse Geriatric Center’s newer wing, the Resnick Pavilion, and the organization just broke ground for Memory Care Assisted Living, a residence for seniors with memory impairment scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.    
     MorseLife embarked on a capital campaign, the Campaign to Transform MorseLife, in 2010
with the goal of building the new Mack Pavilion, renovating the nursing home and developing a residence for seniors with memory impairment, and then, building an additional independent living residence.  To date, the Campaign has generated $25 million in support of this campus transformation initiative, and that figure continues to rise as more philanthropists step up.

     The Mack Pavilion, the newest building on the suburban West Palm Beach campus, is
named for Sondra and David S. Mack, who are lead donors for the organization’s capital campaign and long-time supporters of MorseLife.  The 100,000 square foot, 120-bed Pavilion today continues to reach capacity in serving patients who have had a stroke, heart attack, orthopedic injury or other debilitating conditions.  

     The second phase of the Campaign was the renovation of the 160 bed Resnick Pavilion of Morse Geriatric Center.     A non-institutional, neighborhood concept, the Resnick Pavilion offers private and semi-private rooms, and expansive dining and lounging areas with floor-to-ceiling hurricane impact windows.  

     This fall, the third phase of the project commenced in the existing Edwards Pavilion of Morse Geriatric Center.  This includes the creation of a 52 apartment Memory Care Assisted Living Residence, as well as a separate floor with 30 long-term care beds for seniors with advanced dementia scheduled to open in early 2015.  A fourth project to begin in mid-2015 will be 182 new independent living apartments to be connected to the existing Tradition of the Palm Beaches independent/assisted living residence, bringing the total number of apartments
to 324.  This project will be completed in two phases over two years.

     MorseLife, established 32 years ago, is a charitable nonprofit whose mission is to enhance the lives of seniors throughout Palm Beach County through an array of services including short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, independent and assisted living, private and skilled home care, care management and meals-on-wheels.  In 2013, MorseLife also became home to Palm Beach PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly), a managed care program
offering comprehensive medical and supportive services for seniors who might otherwise be at risk of nursing home placement.

     Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, describes the capital projects and growth in services as much needed in preparing for the needs of a growing senior population of Palm Beach County.  “A study commissioned by the firm of Larson Allen five years ago indicated a tripling of the senior population locally, and also an increase in demand for short-term rehabilitation, independent and assisted living and home care services,” he said.  “Our
capital projects are in direct response to the projected demand for these services.”

     “MorseLife remains a leader among this country’s senior care organizations, and part of that is the support of our philanthropic community that has been so generous in donating to the Campaign to Transform MorseLife, led by our Chairman Stephen Levin,” he said.  “We have had a unique partnership with our community for 32 years, and that commitment continues today and in the future.”

     MorseLife is a 5-star quality ranked, Gold Seal Award skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and is designated by the Florida State Legislature as a “Teaching Nursing Home,” one of two in the state.  This makes MorseLife a coveted site for research and training of future physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

     For more information about the services of MorseLife, call (561) 209-6103 or go the
www.morselife.org.



MorseLife Palm Beach PACE Program (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Celebrates First Year of Providing Care and Independence to Seniors
11/11/2014

    West Palm Beach, FL, November 11, 2014 – Palm Beach PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) on the MorseLife campus is celebrating its first year of providing comprehensive care and independence to seniors at risk of nursing home placement. According to Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife, plans are underway to expand the managed care program, with the intention of establishing a South County site at Temple Sinai in Delray Beach next year. 

     Palm Beach PACE was launched last November as the exclusive PACE program in Palm Beach County.  A national initiative, PACE is a managed care plan for seniors age 55 and older who are nursing home-eligible, but prefer to remain at home with healthcare and related services.  There is no cost for enrollees eligible for Medicaid, or both Medicare and Medicaid. 

     Keith Myers said the Palm Beach PACE Program fits well within the progressive philosophy of MorseLife, that of being able to provide a full spectrum of medical and supportive services to seniors and their families, enabling them to thrive in their own homes and communities.  “This program is a “win-win,” for enrollees, as it helps them to live at home despite their
challenges,” he said.  “It is also benefits our state’s health care system, given the high cost of caring for the most frail of our community.”  

     Alan Sadowsky, Ph.D., MorseLife’s Vice President of Community-Based Services who oversees the program, notes that the program is much-needed in this community.  “This program is primarily serving lower income individuals, including minorities, who have not had easy access to programs and services designed to keep them well,” he said.  “Palm Beach PACE is changing lives -- all of a sudden, our enrollees have access to a full continuum of services under one roof that are 100% covered by the managed care program.”

     Dr. Sadowsky noted that the program provides physician and nursing services, lab work, physical rehabilitation, prescriptions and medication management, adult day care and home care, as well as transportation, thereby eliminating the barrier to getting to the site.  “Our staff, which also includes consulting disciplines such as a podiatry, dentistry and ophthalmology, is committed to improving the daily lives of our enrollees, keeping them active, healthy and as independent as possible,” he said.  “As designed, the PACE program keeps our enrollees out of the nursing home, thereby reducing the high cost of caring for the most frail of our community.”

     In the past year, Dr. Sadowsky noted that he has seen enrollees become far healthier since coming into the program.  “They are eating healthier since we provide meals for them at the site and to take home for dinner,” he said.  “They are consistently under the care of our
clinicians, have laboratory work as they need it, get stronger with physical, occupational and speech therapy, take their prescriptions, and socialize in our adult day program.  Through our home care agency, the program is also keeping them secure and independent in the home.”

     Bonnie Gross of West Palm Beach, whose mother Dolores Seiger is an enrollee, said that the PACE program has been a blessing to her mother and entire family.   “Upon moving to Florida to be near her children, mom wanted to maintain her wellness and independence in the face of both medical and financial challenges,” she said.  “Palm Beach PACE program offers services under one roof offering the continuity of care mom needs to maintain her wellness, along with the socialization she needs to enhance her spirit.”

     Anthony Laudicina, who at 56 is among program’s younger enrollees, noted that before coming to the PACE three months ago, he was struggling with co-pays for his services, including his medications, and was living in unsafe housing.  “Now that I am here, my medications are covered, blood pressure is under control, I am receiving physical therapy,” he said.  “The staff also went the extra mile to help me secure affordable and safer housing.”  
Mr. Laudicina said that Palm Beach PACE has changed his life for the better and hoped more PACE programs would be established for people like him!

     Palm Beach PACE, is under the clinical direction of Ivan Merkelj, M.D., a board certificated geriatrician, who directed another PACE Program for eight years, and Paola Wierzbicki, MSW who serves as director of the Palm Beach PACE site.  Palm Beach PACE is located on the MorseLife campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive in West Palm Beach.  For more information, call (561) 868-2999 or go to www.palmbeachpace.org.

MorseLife Home Care: Helping Former Hockey Player Make His “Goal”
11/4/2014

Herb Bello, a Kings Point resident with his wife Jeanette for 13 years, has always been an active man.  A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before making his mark in the computer world, he was a professional hockey player.  Even today, he is a golfer and very active in the many clubs of Kings Point such as the Brooklyn Club.

With the goals he made during his hockey career a sweet memory today, he had his right
knee replaced five years ago, and in July, he underwent a left knee replacement at Delray Medical Center under the care of his orthopedist Dr. David Buchalter who had done the first knee. 

Before the surgery, Mr. Bello said he met with Rona Ackerman-Beer, RN, a clinician working in MorseLife Home Care’s satellite office in the Flanders Clubhouse to discuss rehabilitation and home care options.  “We also heard about MorseLife and its new rehabilitation center, the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion, when MorseLife’s President/CEO Keith Myers made
a presentation here,” he said. 

Ms. Ackerman-Beer discussed with the Bellos the option of selecting the Mack Pavilion after his surgery and also noted that MorseLife Home Care could meet any needs he had upon returning home.  In the end, Jeanette was interested in placing her husband in a rehabilitation center within minutes of their Delray Beach home, rather than driving to West Palm Beach to the Mack Pavilion.  “In the end, we should have just chosen the Mack Pavilion because we ended up at another rehabilitation center that was the same distance,” she said.

The experience, said Mr. Bello, was not good at the rehabilitation center they chose.  “The day after surgery, I couldn’t stand on my right foot and no one could understand what was wrong with me,” he said.  “So, I went to the rehabilitation center and mostly sat in a wheelchair for two weeks.”  When his doctor referred him to a podiatrist, he found the problem with his foot was actually gout. 

At that point, Mr. Bello decided upon leaving the rehabilitation center and securing rehabilitation services in the home with Jennifer Jimenez, Home Care Liaison for MorseLife, helping with discharge arrangements. Rona Ackerman-Beer then arranged for physical therapy and nursing services in the home. 

According to both Mr. and Mrs. Bello, the physical therapist assigned by MorseLife, Jennifer Klein, was “fantastic!”   “Jennifer got me up walking almost immediately,” noted Mr. Bello.  “Like everyone at MorseLife, she was unbelievable!”

After eight sessions and with the Dr. Buchalter confirming he was healing well, Mr. Bello found himself back on his feet.  “My hockey days are long since over, but I am now getting back to my golf game, and participating more in the Kings Point clubs,” he said. 

“Jeanette and I are also looking forward to our daughter moving near us in Kings Point and she just had a granddaughter, which makes us first time great-grandparents after 58 years of marriage!”

As to the services of MorseLife and MorseLife Home Care, the Bellos have nothing but praise.  “We found every single MorseLife staff person to be caring, great listeners, and exceptional clinicians,” Mr. Bello noted.  “My wife today sits by the pool talking about how great MorseLife was to us!”

For more information about MorseLife Home Care, call (888) 616-0707.  For other services of MorseLife, such as short-term rehabilitation, call (561) 410-7676 or go to www.morselife.org.


 

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Please Complete Palm Beach Jewish Community Needs Survey
11/3/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, November 3, 2014 -- The following is the Community Voice Project, a Palm Beach Jewish Community Needs Survey being conducted by Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County with the support of providers of services such as MorseLife that meet the current needs of our community. 

     The goal of the Palm Beach Jewish Community Needs Survey is simply to better understand the needs of the community -- whether they be for increased health care or home care services, or for more traditional or cultural opportunities.

     This online survey is completely confidential,  and it will take no more than a few minutes to complete.  Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes, such as a Mini IPad or gift cards to area retailers and restaurants. 

     The deadline for this survey is November 30.  To link to the survey now, please click on http://www.communityvoiceproject.org

 

 

 


 

Holocaust Survivors Outraged - Deported Nazi War Criminals Receiving Social Security Benefits
10/22/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, October 21, 2014 - Julius Berman and Sam Krol, Holocaust survivors and residents of The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, expressed outraged on WPEC-TV about the story that some deported Nazi war criminals are still receiving Social Security benefits.  See the news clip from WPEC-TV at at http://youtu.be/FVV3FO02bAE.

MorseLife Receives Five Star Quality Rating For Nursing Home/Short-Term Rehab Centers
10/15/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, October 14, 2014 - MorseLife has received the highest “Five Star” rating as an outcome of its annual survey by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the country’s chief health policy and regulatory entity.  The achievement was announced to all staff and board members by Keith A. Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife, at the end of the week-long inspection of its long term care and short-term rehabilitation centers by AHCA survey professionals.  “This outstanding result is a reflection of the high level of professionalism and care that we deliver every day on behalf of our patients in long-term care and short-term rehabilitation,” noted Myers.

     All Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes such as those at MorseLife are subject to a rigorous, unannounced inspection by AHCA and by the Centers of Medicare/ Medicaid Services (CMS) each year.  Members of the AHCA team work onsite for an entire week in their review of all elements of operations, such as health inspections, staffing and quality measures.  Nursing homes are given ratings for each element and an overall rating from one to five, with five being the highest.

     Myers notes that the quality measures are important because they provide an in-depth analysis of the strength and success that MorseLife achieves in providing exceptional care for its patients and residents.  “The “Five Star” rating validates our commitment to caring for seniors with the highest level of excellence,” he said.  “It also confirms the passion that our team exhibits to ensure that patients are treated with utmost compassion, dignity and respect.”

     Myers noted that the “Five Star” rating by AHCA positions the nonprofit among the highest ranked nursing homes in the country.  Additionally, he said, the outcome enables the organization to maintain its Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Long Term Excellence, which places it among only 2% of nursing homes in our state, and its designation as one of only two “Teaching Nursing Homes” in Florida.

     For more information about MorseLife, call (561) 410-7676 or go to its website at www.morselife.org.  For more information on the Five Star system to review ratings on nursing homes such as MorseLife, visit www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

MORSELIFE EXCELS IN WORKPLACE HEALTH: Senior care leader creates a healthier, happier workplace with HumanaVitality
9/18/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 9, 2014 – MorseLife, a premier provider of senior services in Palm Beach County, reached a huge milestone in workplace wellness when 90 percent of employees completed their health assessments. This far exceeds the average rate of 46 percent for companies with wellness programs, according to a recent study by RAND Corporation. 

      MorseLife’s 90 percent health assessment participation for its nearly 2,000 employees is attributed in part to MorseLife’s adoption of the HumanaVitality program. Known for its top quality senior care, MorseLife also surpasses the norm when it comes to caring for employees. 

      MorseLife CEO Keith Myers said, “The demands on a caregiver workforce are intense and many of our staff face challenges balancing these demands. Providing the support they need to be productive, engaged caregivers and clinicians has become increasingly important.”

     According to RAND, just 21 percent of employers with wellness programs have fitness programs; 7 percent have anti-smoking initiatives, and only 16 percent have disease management programs. MorseLife has all three. 

     MorseLife, a nonprofit founded in 1983, offers programming that addresses diseases like diabetes, aids weight control, teaches healthy eating habits and inspires employees to move more with simple activities such as walking around the lake at lunchtime. MorseLife also offers healthy choice vending machines, has a full-time staff member who assists employees in their wellness goals, provides discounts at pharmacies for blood pressure medication, and is a smoke-free workplace.

     What separates MorseLife from the pack beyond its programming, according to Stuart Slutzky, HumanaVitality’s chief of product innovation, is support from executive leaders, like Myers.

     “Strong leadership support and continuous efforts to engage and reward employees, their spouses and dependents for lifestyle improvements are factors in MorseLife becoming our first employer in Palm Beach County to achieve 90 percent health assessment participation,” Slutzky said. “Health assessments are key to wellness success because they provide both the starting point and the map as people pursue their personal pathway to health.”              

       Completing health assessments in such high numbers is no small feat. MorseLife, with the help of Humana, holds a variety of events and provides a monthly newsletter encouraging health assessments. Health assessments help employees understand health issues to better prevent disease and enjoy more productive, happy lifestyles.

     “We apply our principles of patient-centered care to wellness in the workplace.  It starts with a health assessment. That way, each individual’s wellness is customized to his or her specific issues.” Kristofer Cooper, VP of human resources for MorseLife, said. “Awareness is the biggest factor in creating healthy behaviors.”

      MorseLife, with HumanaVitality, provides employees with fitness devices making
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such as FitBit, UP by Jawbone and Nike+ FuelBand. Employees can earn points using the devices, and by engaging in other compenents of the HumanaVitality program.

       Apart from the health benefits, HumanaVitality and MorseLife provide rewards for participation in the wellness program. Employees can receive gift cards, workout gear or wellness gadgets by visiting the Vitality Mall and using their Vitality Points.  

       MorseLife, a nationally recognized health care provider, plans to host future events to foster their fitness culture. In October, employees are participating in, and earning points for, the 2014 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and have already raised more than $12,000.

      “We are creating an environment of competition and peer-related challenge. Our employees love the idea of reaching new goals and continuing to improve with their health” Cooper said. “We believe that there is strength in numbers.”

     “Nobody takes the time to care for the caregivers,” Myers said. “We think it’s important to care for those who care for our seniors.”

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Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife Named Among 2014 South Florida Ultimate CEO Honorees
9/12/2014

     Palm Beach County, FL, September 12, 2014 – Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, Inc., last night was named among honorees in the 2014 South Florida “Ultimate CEO” Awards.   This prestigious award presentation, sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal, highlighted chief executives from Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties for their expertise, leadership and community involvement.

     Myers has served at the helm of MorseLife since 2007.  He has a significant background in the management of multi-faceted health care organizations and particular expertise in operations, financial management, quality improvement, strategic planning, board relations and institutional advancement.

     Most recently under his leadership, MorseLife embarked on a major capital project to serve the needs of new generations of seniors that includes construction of a 120-bed, short-term rehabilitation center, renovation of its nursing home and creation of a 52-unit assisted living residence for seniors with memory impairment and the addition of 30 new long-term beds for seniors with advanced dementia.  The total cost of these projects is $50 million with half of it raised through philanthropic giving.   In January, MorseLife opened the first phase, the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, a premier center of excellence in rehabilitation on the entire country.  

     Myers also serves as Chairman for the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, a gubernatorial appointment.  Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association’s Quality Foundation and on the Advisory Committee for the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising of New York University. 

     Myers holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from the Medical College of Virginia, as well as a Certificate in Executive Management in Health Care from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

     The 2014 “Ultimate CEO” Awards were held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.

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MorseLife “Top Performing Employees” Complete Nine-Month Inaugural Leadership Training Program – MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA)
9/11/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 9, 2014 – Twenty-five high performing MorseLife employees recently completed the inaugural MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), an intensive nine-month program designed to nurture new and prospective leaders to become entrepreneurial visionaries and leaders.  MorseLife, founded 32 years ago, is a charitable nonprofit organization with more than 2,000 employees, and provides health care, housing and supportive services to seniors throughout Palm Beach County

     Keith Myers, MorseLife President/CEO, noted that MLA, developed by the Human Resources Department and its Learning Institute, targeted “the best and the brightest” among the organization’s upcoming supervisors and managers, who were nominated by the nonprofit’s executive team in recognition of their potential to expand their leadership skills.  

     MLA was created as a fast-track, hands-on academic program, focusing on providing leadership training and building entrepreneurial spirit to emerging and existing leaders in three tracks:  “Emerging Leaders,” high achieving supervisors preparing for future leadership positions; “Effective Leaders,”  high performing managers who wish to take on greater management responsibility; and  “Expert Leaders,” high achieving directors who want to hone their skills to become motivators and mentors.

     Keith Myers noted that the program combined classroom and group projects, on-the-job experiences and mentorships with the goal of helping participants become strategic, creative, passionate and entrepreneurial leaders.  “Building entrepreneurial spirit among our employees – helping them to contribute their ideas and take ownership in our progress, only further builds our potential to thrive in a competitive environment,” he said.

     According to Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources, at the end of the program, participants engaged in a two-day boot camp, working together on a case study as an exercise in solving complex organizational problems, using the MorseLife organization as a laboratory.   “This final project, which the 25 employees completed two weeks ago, simulated what it was like to run a health care business and all of the complex decisions
involved – and applying a range of skills learned in the classroom and in the field,” he said

     “MLA is an innovative program and we believe one of the few such programs on leadership development in the health care industry,” noted Cooper.  “I believe this is what differentiates us in the field – the length we go to invest in professional development and training for our employees, particularly those with the aptitude to think creatively about how to lead MorseLife into the future.”

     Keith Myers praised the 25 graduates for working long hours through grueling schedules.  “Each of you performed brilliantly in your presentations at the MLA Case Study, and you all deserve another round of applause for your commitment to excellence, desire to grow, and dedication to teamwork at MorseLife,” he said.  “As students in this inaugural program, you should be proud of your accomplishments and look forward to future aims and goals to continue your leadership development.”

     For more information on MorseLife, go to www.morselife.org.



MorseLife Home Care Offering “Concierge” Level Service To Clients Needing Greater Support and Oversight
8/29/2014

     Palm Beach County, FL, August 25, 2014 – MorseLife Home Care, serving all of Palm Beach County, is now offering a comprehensive program of home care, social work and nursing oversight in one monthly package for clients who need a “little extra” to help them to live with greater well-being and independence. 

     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, the “Concierge” package offers monthly visits with a social worker from MorseLife’s case management program to provide
guidance, counsel and referral services to the client and family, as well as monthly visits with an R.N. to evaluate medical needs, and a home safety inspection to ensure fall prevention and other risks.  The program also provides 40 hours monthly with a home health aide to assist with transportation, cooking, shopping, medication reminders and personal care.   The entire package of services is offered for a set monthly rate.

     Myers noted the development of this comprehensive program was based upon identified needs of clients, particularly couples.  “We found that older couples very often insist on taking care of themselves and don’t seek out additional assistance such as case management and nursing until one has to go into the hospital or there is a crisis,” he said.   “The ‘concierge” program is here for them, combining all of these services into one package as an all-inclusive approach to helping seniors – individuals or couples -  cope with the challenges of aging, and maintain their health and independence.”

     For more information about the “concierge” program and other programs of MorseLife Home Care, call toll-free (888) 616-0707.  



Senior Companions -- Helping Friends at Time of Need
8/15/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, August 15, 2014 -- According to the 2010 census, 15% of all 474,000 households in Palm Beach County are seniors living alone with no or limited connection to family or friends.  Palm Beach County, in particular, has a significant senior population of over 300,000 with that number rising every year.

     When a spouse, loved ones and friends have passed away or moved a great distance away, loneliness and isolation can be as detrimental to health as any illness or disability.  But there is a solution in the community – Senior Companions.

     MorseLife Home Care is one such agency that offers a Senior Companion program, connecting active, retired seniors with other seniors of their generation who need companionship and assistance in their lives. 

     According to Keith Myers, President/CEO for MorseLife which operates the home care agency, the program provides training to seniors interesting in becoming companions.  “Beyond background checks, we teach our companions how to work with seniors and advise on what they can and cannot provide in their roles,” he said.  “We also teach them how to recognize risk factors – anything that could make life more challenging for seniors that we can address at the earliest stage possible.” 

     Tina Kowalski, MorseLife Home Care Administrator, notes that it is not “hands on” like a home health aide – it is more appropriate for seniors who are isolated and would benefit for visits from a “companion.”  Seniors are fully evaluated to determine their needs and challenges to ensure that the Senior Companion program is right for them.

    Senior Companions are assigned to a senior or seniors, providing 3 to 6 hours weekly. 
“Our companions often go on walks, assist with meals, provide transportation to appointments or outings,” she said.  “At times, the companion just sits and talks with the senior – providing that warmth and sense of friendship that may be missing in their lives after loved ones and friends have passed.”

     Annette Feldman of Boynton Beach has been a MorseLife Senior Companion for two years.  “My husband and I moved to Florida from Baltimore, and as retirees, we wanted to do something for the community,”  she said.  “This program offers a flexible schedule and an opportunity to help isolated, lonely older seniors who may have outlived their loved ones and friends.”  

     Annette notes that she has had a few seniors since joining the program.  “One woman
really needed to move closer to family, but while she was here, I drove her on errands and appointments and enjoyed the time to just sit and talk with her,” she said.  “Currently, I help with the exercise that she needs to build her strength, which is also fun and worthwhile for both of us.”

     “I have always had a very positive attitude and it is a pleasure to be able to pass that along,” she said.  “I really feel that as a MorseLife Senior Companion, I am helping seniors to live their lives with better quality.” 

     For more information about becoming a MorseLife Senior Companion, or to learn more about the program, call toll-free (888) 616-0707.



MorseLife Recipient of 2014 Bronze National Quality Award from American Health Care Association and National
6/25/2014

     Washington, D.C., June 13, 2014 — MorseLife, a nationally-recognized senior care provider with 1,500 employees, has received the 2014 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award from The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  This National Quality Award honors skilled nursing and post-acute care centers nationally that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

     “I applaud MorseLife for its commitment to delivering quality care,” said Mark Parkinson,
President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This award represents the dedication that each
Bronze recipient has given to improve quality in the long term and post-acute care profession.

     Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers, noted that centers like MorseLife have successfully applied the criteria of the National Quality Award program and have demonstrated a true commitment for improving lives through quality care.  “I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys,” he said.

     Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. In receiving this award, AHCA/NCAL has recognized MorseLife’s long-standing commitment to performance and quality improvement in its operation, and at the Bronze level, the organization now has the ability to move forward developing approaches and achieving performance levels at the higher achievement levels.

     “Our commitment to ongoing performance improvement is a team-effort – a shared
commitment to excellence and we are honored to receive the Bronze distinction,”  said Keith A. Myers, President/CEO.   “This award is a wonderful tribute to our hard work in providing truly exceptional care to seniors of our community.” 

     Myers noted that with the achievement of the Bronze National Quality Award, the
organization is now geared to moving forward in meeting more advanced criteria for the higher Silver and Gold distinctions.  “Never one to rest on our laurels, we look forward to continuing to rank among the top providers of senior care in this nation,” he said.

     The award will be presented to MorseLife during AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Internationally-Renowned American Sculptor Installs Work at Mack Pavilion
5/20/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, April 17, 2014Jane Manus, the internationally-renowned
American artist known for her large-scale, bold geometric sculptures, installed her newest work, “Skyward,” on the Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus of MorseLife, 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive in West Palm Beach, Florida.  “Skyward” was commissioned by the Krakoff Family as a gift for the MorseLife campus.

     Ms. Manus’ sculpture is located near the entrance of the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion, MorseLife’s newly-constructed Short-Term Rehabilitation Center. 

     Since the 1970’s, Manus has achieved significant success and prominence in the art world with her abstract works.  She began developing her geometric sculptures when she was a young artist at the Art Institute of Boston and learned to weld metal into sculpture.  Considered a “breakthrough” in her long career, her vibrant works, made exclusively of
pieces of metal, integrate disparate elements of geometry, transforming the spaces they inhabit.  

     “With ‘Skyward,’ I wanted to create a monumental sculpture that one could walk through and see through from all angles – a three dimensional work,” Ms. Manus said. “I wanted it to be interactive, something that viewers would easily touch and experience.”

     Ms. Manus’ sculptures are typically in monochromatic colors with this one being the color of the sky.  Mary Alice Pappas, Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation, notes that it is an honor to include a work by Jane Manus at the new Mack Pavilion.  “Its name, ‘Skyward,’ represents what patients of the Mack Pavilion seek to accomplish – to move above and beyond the illness or injury that brought them here,” she said.  “Beyond that, its bold color and design will truly catch the eye of visitors to our campus.”

     In her describing her craft, Ms. Manus says: “As a sculptor, I am interested in exploring several aspects of three dimensional space in my work; the interaction of positive and negative spaces, the difference between frontal and side views, and the play of shadows on the surfaces surrounding the object. My work is defined by minimal abstract form; bold color; highly finished, tactile surfaces; and architectural integrity. It is about harmony with the environment and balance with the human form.” 

     Jane Manus was born in New York, raised in Palm Beach, and is now based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in many prestigious collections, including those of The Sagamore Collection in Miami Beach; The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville; The Lincoln Center/List Collection in New York; The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens; The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; and The Syracuse University Museum of Art.

     Jane Manus’ new sculpture,“Skyward,” is located at the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion, MorseLife’s Short-Term Rehabilitation Center, 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida.  For more information, call (561) 687-5749.



MorseLife Receives Multiple Awards in 2014 Excellence in HR Awards - Greater Miami Chamber
5/20/2014

     Miami, Fl, April 6, 2014 -- MorseLife, a nationally-recognized senior care provider with 1,500 employees, received multiple awards in the 2014 Excellence in Human Resources (HR) Awards hosted recently by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.  These annual awards recognize the accomplishments of HR  professionals and teams for their excellence in talent management, recruitment and retention, team building and diversity.

     Jimmy Glenos, Director of MorseLife Learning Institute (MLI), received the “HR Aspiring Leader” Award.  With significant experience in developing employee training programs, Glenos has overseen MorseLife’s campus learning and professional development initiatives since joining the nonprofit in 2008, creating a system where every employee could gain access to free online education to enhance their skill set, maintain certification and grow in their careers.  To date, MLI has accumulated 1,500 students and issued over 7,500
certificates (2,210 in 2013 alone), with 65% of them being Continuing Education
Units (CEUs).  Glenos also partnered with HR Manager Elisa Newball in creating and launching its new Leadership Development Program, MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA) (another winner). Glenos
is a recognized specialist in e-learning and most recently spoke at the 2013 eLearning DevLearn Conference in San Jose, California. 

     The MorseLife Human Resources Team also received the “Best Talent Management Strategy” Award in recognition of its development of an innovative Leadership Development Program as referenced above,  MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA).  Targeting high potential and high performing employees in all areas of operation, MLA is a fast track, hands-on academic program, combining classroom, group projects, practical and on-the-job experiences, and links participants with successful mentors across the organization.  MLA’s focus is on helping its participants become creative, passionate, entrepreneurial leaders.

     For more information on MorseLife Leadership Academy (MLA), or career opportunities at MorseLife, contact Elisa Newball at 561-687-5764 or enewball@morselife.org.



Keith Myers Named Among Palm Beach County's Ultimate CEO's
5/20/2014

     Palm Beach County, FL, April 8, 2014 – Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, Inc., has been named among the 10 honorees in the 2014 Palm Beach CEO Awards.   These awards are given annually by the South Florida Business Journal, highlighting the County’s 10 chief executives for their expertise, leadership and community involvement.

     Myers has served at the helm of MorseLife since 2007.  He has a significant background in the management of multi-faceted health care organizations and particular expertise in operations, financial management, quality improvement, strategic planning, board relations and institutional advancement.

     Most recently under his leadership, MorseLife embarked on a major capital project to serve the needs of new generations of seniors that includes construction of a 120-bed, short-term rehabilitation center, renovation of its nursing home and creation of a 52-unit assisted living residence for seniors with memory impairment and the addition of 30 new long-term beds for seniors with advanced dementia.  The total cost of these projects is $50 million with half of it raised through philanthropic giving.   In January, MorseLife opened the first phase, the Sondra & David S. Mack Pavilion for Short-Term Rehabilitation, a premier center of excellence in rehabilitation on the entire country.  

     Myers also serves as Chairman for the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, a gubernatorial appointment.  Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association’s Quality Foundation and on the Advisory Committee for the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising of New York University. 

     Myers holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from the Medical College of Virginia, as well as a Certificate in Executive Management in Health Care from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

     The 2014 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO Honorees will be celebrated alongside top executives from Broward and Miami-Dade counties at the 2014 Ultimate CEO Awards, to be held in September at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.



MorseLife Dedicates Palm Beach County's Newest Short-Term Rehab Center - Mack Pavilion
5/20/2014

     West Palm Beach, FL, March 28, 2014 – Amid shiny marble floors, expansive hallways and lush exteriors, MorseLife dedicated Palm Beach County’s newest short-term rehabilitation center – the Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion – on the MorseLife campus on Haverhill Road.   The 100,000 square foot, 120-bed Pavilion was the first of three phases of projects to cost $50 million dollars with over $22 million dollars raised to date through the generosity of donors to the nonprofit’s Campaign to Transform MorseLife.

     The Mack Pavilion, the newest building on the 37-acre suburban West Palm Beach campus, is named for Sondra and David S. Mack, who are lead donors for the organization’s capital campaign and long-time supporters of MorseLife.  “We are grateful to Sondra and David for their steadfast belief in our future – that of being a model of excellence in rehabilitation care for the benefit of the Palm Beach County community,” noted Keith Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife.  “Along with their leadership, we are most appreciative of Campaign Chairman Stephen Levin and the many generous donors who came forward with major gifts to support this broad-reaching initiative.”

     Myers describes The Mack Pavilion as a much-needed service to the Palm Beach County community.  “Our vision over a year ago is a reality, as we are ready for the influx of seniors who require rehabilitation after hospitalization for heart attack, stroke, orthopedic injury or other debilitating conditions,” noted Myers.  “Our goal is to enable our patients to get back to their daily lives at home through a comprehensive plan for recovery.”

     The Mack Pavilion includes a 6,000 square foot therapy suite and the latest medical advancements and technology in rehabilitation care.   “A patient-centered care model, the Pavilion offers luxury surroundings with six homelike ‘neighborhoods’ of 20 residents each, featuring private rooms and baths, dining room and lounging areas,” he said.  “The building also includes expansive terraces, gardens and other outdoor areas for relaxation, as well as a covered walkway with a fountain view.”  The architect for The Mack Pavilion is the firm of Perkins Eastman, the construction company is Whiting-Turner, the landscape architect is Nievera Williams and the interiors are by Smith Interior Design Group.

     MorseLife is a 5-star quality ranked, Gold Seal Award skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and is designated by the Florida State Legislature as a “Teaching Nursing Home,” one of two in the state.  This makes MorseLife a coveted site for research and training of future physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

     For more information about The Sondra and David S. Mack Pavilion for short-term rehabilitation and other programs and services serving seniors, call (561) 410-7676.



MorseLife Home and Community Services Establishes Palm Beach County Office
5/20/2014

     Delray Beach, FL, March 7, 2014 – MorseLife’s Home and Community Services has established a new office in the southern part of Palm Beach County at 6561 Flanders Way in Delray Beach in the Kings Point residential community.  This office will provide greater convenience for potential clients and patients of programs including MorseLife Home Care, Just Checking care management and Neighbor2Neighbor.

     “We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our senior care services in the southern part of the County – home care and case management in particular,” noted Tina Kowalski, Administrator for MorseLife Home Care.  “MorseLife has been serving seniors of Palm Beach County for more than 30 years, so it is wonderful to establish a southern Palm Beach County base with this new office at Kings Point.”   

    Each of these programs will maintain weekly office hours to serve seniors of South Palm Beach County.  MorseLife Home Care provides skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social work, private home care and meals-on-wheels.  Just Checking care management provides counseling, guidance, referral and support for seniors and families coping with the challenges of aging.   Neighbor2Neighbor, now in 14 senior communities and synagogues, sets up office hours of a social worker to provide counsel, referral, support and events to help aging residents remain safe, active and independent in their homes.    

     For more information about MorseLife Home and Community Services, call toll-free
(888) 616-0707.  

MorseLife Recognized for Outstanding Employee Satisfaction
9/26/2013


     West Palm Beach, FL, September 25, 2013 – MorseLife has received the “Excellence in Action” award from My Innerview by National Research Corporation (NRC).  This honor recognizes MorseLife among the top 10% of senior care organizations of NRC’s 8,500 national clients, and among the top 3 skilled nursing facilities in Florida with regard to workplace satisfaction.      

Kristofer Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources for MorseLife, noted the organization administered workforce satisfaction surveys to its employees this year.  “Our results indicated that employees are extremely satisfied with their work life at MorseLife and would recommend us to prospective employees, as well as to potential residents and families,” he said.  “That speaks volumes about the quality of our workplace, and we are honored to be recognized for our commitment to workplace satisfaction and quality care.         

For more information about careers at MorseLife, go to www.morselifecareers.org

 

 

MorseLife Launches Palm Beach PACE Program
9/26/2013

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 25, 2013 – MorseLife, the charitable nonprofit organization serving seniors, has launched the first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Palm Beach County, to be located on its campus in suburban West Palm Beach.       

The program, Palm Beach PACE, will be under the clinical direction of Ivan Merkelj, M.D., a specialist in geriatric medicine, who directed the Florida Pace Program of Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for eight years, and Paola Wierzbicki, MSW, formerly the Director of Social Services for Morse Geriatric Center.       

A national initiative, PACE is a managed care plan for seniors age 55 and older who are nursing home-eligible, but prefer to remain at home with healthcare and related services.  There is no cost for enrollees eligible for Medicaid, or both Medicare and Medicaid.  Palm Beach PACE, a new affiliate of MorseLife, will serve eligible seniors and is the only PACE program in Palm Beach County.     

Keith Myers, President/CEO, noted that the Palm Beach PACE Program fits well within the progressive philosophy of MorseLife, that of being able to provide a full spectrum of medical and supportive services to seniors and their families, enabling them to thrive in their own homes and communities.  “In line with health care reform, this program will improve care to seniors who qualify for PACE and also reduce the cost of care,” he said.     “Each participant is evaluated by case managers who develop an individualized care plan based on needs,” Myers noted.  “That plan of care will include medical and nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medications, adult day care and home care.”    Myers noted that the program will also include complimentary transportation to the Palm Beach PACE Center, further eliminating barriers to care and support.       “This program is a “win-win,” for participants, as it helps them to live at home despite their challenges,” he said.  “It is also benefits our state’s health care system, given the high cost of caring for the most frail of our community.”       

Palm Beach PACE will be located on the MorseLife campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive in West Palm Beach.  For more information, call (561) 868-2999.

MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah Program Reaches Out To Isolated Seniors Over High Holidays
9/20/2013

     West Palm Beach, FL, September 3, 2013 – Now in its sixteenth year, the MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah Program and its volunteers made a difference today, Tuesday, September 3rd to Jewish frail homebound seniors over the High Holidays who otherwise would not be able to experience its joys and traditions.             

     More than 400 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life prepare Homebound Mitzvah Program packages and delivered them on to seniors throughout Palm Beach County and vicinity.  The packages included traditional kosher meals, as well as matzoh, wine, a large print prayer book and a DVD of services conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, Chaplain at MorseLife.  Just as important, volunteers provided “quality time” to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients – sitting and talking with them for a while to bring some additional warmth to the delivery.  The High Holidays officially began with the first night of Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday, September 4th  

    Among our volunteer groups were 10 seniors from the independent living residence, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, who are willing to “give back.”  They note that they understand that they are lucky to have the love of family, and to live in a beautiful community, and are more than willing to spend some time with those less fortunate.  

     “For some people, particularly seniors with family members who have passed on or live a distance from them, the holidays can be the loneliest time of the year,” said Ms. Sevich.  “It has been such an honor for us to be able to bring the joys and traditions of the High Holidays to them – it is truly a beautiful mitzvah.”

     Homebound Mitzvah Program volunteers gathered for their deliveries on the MorseLife campus at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive (off Haverhill Road) in West Palm Beach, and at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach at 8600 Jog Road from 8:30 until 3:30 pm.   

    Since 1997, the Homebound Mitzvah Program has been reaching out to the area’s homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over Jewish holidays.  It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

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Keith Myers Elected Officer on Board of FHCA
9/20/2013

     Hollywood, FL, August 12, 2013 -- Keith A. Myers, President/CEO of MorseLife, Inc., has been elected Region 1 Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), Florida's largest advocacy organization for senior care providers.  His election was held at this week's FHCA's 2013 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Hollywood, Florida.

     In this role, Myers will represent FHCA members within District 1 (Monroe and Dade Counties), VII (Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach Counties, and XII (Broward County) on the FHCA Board of Directors.  Additional, his responsibility is to keep members in South Florida engaged and informed about long-term care developments, including the FHCA legislative priorities, quality initiatives and professional development.   

    Keith Myers has served at the helm of MorseLife, a charitable nonprofit senior care organization, since 2007.   Concurrently, Myers is the nursing home administrator for Morse Geriatric Center, its long-term care center which holds the 5-star quality ranking and the Gold Seal Award from the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long Term Care.  MorseLife also is one of only two "Teaching Nursing Homes" in the State of Florida designated by the Florida State Legislature.          

     Myers is a Gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, and a member of the Florida Health Care Association.  He is also on the Advisory Committee for the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising of New York University.         

     "We are pleased to have such dedicated members as Keith Myers chosen to lead the Association," noted Emmett Reed, Executive Director of the Florida Health Care Association.  "Each of these individuals is passionate about long term care and extremely committed to the membership, the professional and the residents cared for in our members' 500+ facilities.  We look forward to their vision and leadership as providers work to navigate through Florida's ever-changing landscape of long term care."


About MorseLife, Inc.     

MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of health care and housing services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  Programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, home care, geriatric care management, adult day center, and meals-on-wheels.  Founded 30 years ago, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit www.morselife.org.

About FHCA
     The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation which serves nearly 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care facilities that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. As Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state's growing elder care population. For more information about the Florida Health Care Association, visit www.fhca.org

MorseLife Receives Grant from Workforce Alliance for EMR Training
9/20/2013

     West Palm Beach, FL, August 22, 2013 - MorseLife, an area senior care organization with over 1,500 employees, has received a grant from Workforce Alliance to fund training of its clinical staff in the management of its electronic medical records (EMR) system.  The $30,000 Employed Worker Training (EWT) grant will help employees update their skills and prepare for the transition to point-of-care electronic medical records (EMR).   

      Kristofer Cooper, MorseLife's Vice President of Human Resources, noted that training will begin shortly for more than 500 clinical employees.   "With the launch of the EMR system, the partnership with Workforce Alliance will promote skill enhancement of our workforce as we prepare for greater complexities of health care delivery, and result in improved quality of care for residents and patients," he said.  "We are pleased to provide this additional training to our hard working clinicians."          

     Katherine Bonner, Program Funding Manager for Workforce Alliance, notes that EMR system training can be a financial drain for health care providers.  "This program is a perfect fit for our Employed Worker Training (EWT) grant," she said.  "Its goal is to provide training to enable employees to enhance their knowledge and help them retain jobs in an increasingly complex, high technology environment."          

     This training is part of MorseLife Learning Institute (MLI), MorseLife's professional development and continuing education program available to its 1,500 employees.          

     For more information, go to www.morselife.org.

 

Fighting to Communicate
9/20/2013

On the verge on turning age 70, Dr. Edgar Alster of Boynton Beach could look back on a full life of accomplishment, and a future of more to come. Little did he know, he'd soon be in a battle for his very life. Read More