The Legacy eNews is a quarterly summary of news and events about The Legacy Senior Communities, The Legacy at Home, The Legacy Willow Bend and The Legacy Midtown Park.
Greetings and Happy New Year. 2017 is off to a fast start and promises to be an exciting and transformative year for The Legacy Senior Communities.
Effective January 6th, Michael Ellentuck transitioned from his role as The Legacy Senior Communities’ President/CEO to focus solely on designing and developing The Legacy Midtown Park project. There isn’t enough space here to fully describe the impact Michael has made since his arrival 16 years ago. Suffice it to say that The Legacy and the Dallas area Jewish community owe him a tremendous amount of gratitude. The Legacy Senior Communities’ leadership is currently performing a search for Michael’s successor, and you can expect more information concerning this important decision in the coming months.
In the coming year, The Legacy at Home, which was recently awarded the designation of a HomeCare Elite agency identifying it as one of the top performing home health agencies in the United States, will continue to expand its services to the community, including expanding its home health grant program which provides personal care to people living at home who do not have the resources to pay for this care.
Exciting things continue to happen at The Legacy Willow Bend. Our continued commitment to enriching the lives of our residents will result in many improvements throughout the campus over the next few months, most notably in the Assisted Living building. You are always invited to visit the campus to see all of the changes that we continue to make.
As you many of you know, we are hard at work on the design and development of The Legacy Midtown Park project. While it may seem at times to be a slow process, no part of the design is being left to chance. Great thought is being put into every aspect of the project – from the grounds and commons spaces to each resident apartment. While the final details are yet to be decided, I can tell you unequivocally that when completed, The Legacy Midtown Park will be the premier rental retirement community in the region.
In conjunction with the development of The Legacy Midtown Park, The Legacy has initiated a capital campaign to raise a portion of the funds required to construct the campus. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to make an investment in the future of the community by considering a gift to the capital campaign.
In the coming months, we will provide you with more details about The Legacy Midtown Park project as well as other exciting things happening with The Legacy.
Longtime visionary and President/CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities, Michael Ellentuck, will take on a new role within the organization next year. Ellentuck is transitioning from President/CEO of the Jewish-sponsored charitable organization to Director of Project Development for The Legacy Midtown Park, the organization’s new not-for-profit continuing care rental retirement community in Dallas set to open in 2019. Ellentuck led The Legacy Senior Communities for 16 years as President/CEO, and he shaped the organization into the success it is today. Ellentuck created the strategic plan and oversaw the sale of Golden Acres-Dallas Home for Jewish Aged; the development of The Legacy Willow Bend; the acquisition, development and sale of The Legacy Preston Hollow; the formation of The Legacy at Home; and the creation of The Legacy Midtown Park.
“Michael has been a true visionary leader for our organization. He took the helm of a nearly bankrupt organization, righted the ship and created enormous value for our community,” said Marc R. Stanley, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “We are the envy of most Jewish senior organizations in the country, and we are thrilled that Michael will focus on The Legacy Midtown Park. Brian Barnes, our COO/CFO, agreed to step in as interim President/CEO in January. Brian has deep knowledge of our organization’s mission and goals, and we anticipate a seamless transition.”
As the organization continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of seniors and their families, Ellentuck will ensure that The Legacy Midtown Park fulfills the organization’s vision for a state-of-the-art senior lifestyle and innovative care for Jewish seniors and their families. In his new role, Ellentuck will lead the design and development of the urban, contemporary community that will have all levels of care in a rental environment, including independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, memory care suites and skilled nursing suites, along with a level of sophistication that is the hallmark of The Legacy Senior Communities.
“With the coming together of lay leaders and our professional leadership team, we have accomplished a lot as an organization, and I am proud of how far we have come,” said Ellentuck. “I want to turn all of my attention to building this phenomenal new community, and I know that I am leaving the Jewish community with a successful and dynamic organization with a clear understanding of its future.”
The Legacy Senior Communities formed a committee for a national search, led by Marc R. Stanley, in place to find Ellentuck’s successor. The organization expects to name a new President/CEO this summer.
“I am honored to serve in the interim role until a new President/CEO is in place,” said Brian Barnes, COO/CFO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Our organization has a strong partnership between the professional management team and the lay leadership, and I will ensure that we continue on with the same vision and mission we jointly created.”
The Legacy Midtown Park capital campaign ended 2016 with a bang by reaching our benchmark goal of $10 million of the $15 million final goal. We are excited to move into the next phase to complete the campaign. Thank you to our donors to date for their support in bringing this vision to reality. Together, we will bring this exciting vision for the seniors in our community to reality.
The Legacy Midtown Park Donors (through January 19, 2017)
Carol & Steve Aaron and Family
Gilian & Steve Baron
Betty Jo & David Bell
Ike & Candy Brown
Carol Orr & Associates, Inc.
The Corson Family
Sandy & Howard Donsky
David & Fran Eisenberg
Fannie & Stephen Kahn Memorial Endowment
Marilyn & Ron Fiedelman
Janelle & Larry Friedman
Laura & Barry Friedman
The Max and Nolan Glazer Family
The Cathy & Craig Glick Family
Lauran & Robert, Marshall & Shelli, Mickey & Lori and Rita Goldberg
Lisa & Neil Goldberg
Debbie & Eric Green
Irma & Irwin Grossman
Dot & Basil Haymann
Mike & Dena Horowitz
Irene Hamel Wadel Trust
Janet & Terry Kafka
Karen & Alan Katz
Stanford M. Kaufman
Harlan & Amy Korenvaes Family Foundation
Carol & Mark Kreditor
Sharon & Chuck Levin
Liz & Robert Liener
Lee & Paul Michaels
Carol & Stuart Morse
Elaine & Trevor Pearlman
The Harold A. Pollman Philanthropic Fund
Stephanie & Dan Prescott
Helen & Frank Risch
Lisa & Jim Rosenthal
Beverly & Cary Rossel
Elaine & Morris Rutchik
Ike & Fannie Sablosky Foundation
Celia & Larry Schoenbrun
Ruthie & Alan Shor
Wendy & Marc Stanley
Claudia & Jerry Stool
Maddy & Mark Unterberg
Bonnie & Jeff Whitman
Lois Wolf/Wolf Family Fund
W.B. & Sylvia Zale Foundation
The Legacy Willow Bend’s Knitting group held their annual knitting distribution event. The group donated items they knitted to various local organizations to distribute to those in need. This year, the Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend donated around 3,200 knitted pieces. Since its inception, the group has knitted well over 14,000 pieces. The event took place at The Legacy Willow Bend (6101 Ohio Drive) on Monday, December 5th.
Here’s a list of organizations that accepted donations:
• Cochran United Methodist Church
• Dallas Area Rapid Transit
• Dallas Police Department
• Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas
• Plano Police Department
• Tim Lydia – Go Back for The Children
• Vogel Alcove
“The volunteer program here at The Legacy Willow Bend provides the residents with an opportunity to give back to the greater community,” said Rivae Campo, Volunteer Coordinator at The Legacy Willow Bend. “As a not-for-profit organization, we take pride in supporting other not-for-profit organizations, which depend on the generosity of others to make a difference in the local community.”
During the weeks leading up to the event and throughout the year on Monday afternoons, you can find members of the knitting group hard at work making hats, scarves and even children’s blankets. For the last seven years, the group has worked diligently to provide articles of clothing to the homeless and area families. The group is a constant symbol of generosity and service. For member Vy Hansen, the group is more than just a weekly event on her calendar. It’s a reminder of the blessings she has received throughout her own life and the opportunity to share that with others.
“We might meet each week to knit, but let me tell you we never stop knitting,” says Hansen. “Our weekly meeting is an opportunity for us to come together and reflect, as well as socialize, but we also knit and work on our projects in our free time. I experience an incredible amount of satisfaction knowing that what we do makes a difference for someone else. I’ve been very blessed, and this gives me the opportunity to share those blessings with those in need. As we prepared for this year’s distribution event, I was excited and energized by the thought of hearing firsthand how our knitting improves lives. I hope that our efforts inspire other people to make a difference as well.”
“We are honored to have generous individuals like the members of the knitting group as a part of our community,” said Marilyn Israel, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “Our community is proud to support families and children who need our help. We hope this year’s knitting distribution event will encourage kindness and generosity all year long.”
This year’s event garnered significant publicity from ABC’s Dallas affiliate, WFAA, Channel 8 who did a segment on our knitting group, highlighting some of our members and detailing the great work that these women do for those need in North Texas. You can see the great story here.
The Legacy Senior Communities is proud to announce that The Legacy at Home has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
Founded in 2011, The Legacy at Home is the largest not-for-profit home health provider in Greater Dallas. The agency provides comprehensive Medicare-certified in-home health care, private duty nursing and personal assistance with daily living to seniors with the same level of distinction and professionalism that has defined The Legacy Senior Communities since 1953. Seniors can receive high-quality care when returning home from a hospital stay or while rehabilitating from an illness or injury at home, in addition to assistance with daily living. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies. The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of health care, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.
“We’re honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Charlene Bishop, administrator of The Legacy at Home. “Our efforts throughout the past year have focused on the importance of coming together as a team to build upon the quality of care we provide our clients and enhance their overall experience. As a team, we looked at all of the small enhancements we could make to our service that would have the biggest impact. It’s been amazing to see how we continue to benefit not only our clients, but our team members as well. Our team has pushed themselves and given everything they can to provide the best service we possibly can. It’s an incredible feeling to receive this recognition as a reminder of what we achieved throughout the year.”
Bishop credits enhancing quality care, lowering re-hospitalization rates and enriching the overall patient experience as the reasons the agency achieved this recognition.
“We were absolutely thrilled to hear about this honor,” said David Eisenberg, chair of the Board of Directors of The Legacy at Home. “Our team is committed to providing high quality care to our clients across the Greater Dallas area, and I want to applaud the staff for a job well done.”
“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving health care environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate The Legacy at Home on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”
Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.
“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.
“We are extremely proud of Charlene and the entire The Legacy at Home team for the superior care they provide to seniors throughout Greater Dallas,” said Brian Barnes, CFO/COO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “The Legacy at Home was created with the intention of reaching those we normally could not because they lived outside of our senior living communities. It is gratifying to see our team members receive recognition and praise for their hard work and dedication.”
As the number of Jewish seniors in North Texas increases, there is a growing need for care, especially for seniors with limited financial resources who are aging in place at home.
For the last 3 years, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas has helped meet this need by giving a $40,000 supplemental grant each year to The Legacy Senior Communities, parent company of The Legacy at Home, to provide seniors personal care services in their homes.
This collaborative effort has allowed The Legacy at Home, the largest not-for-profit home health care agency in Dallas, to start offering financial assistance on a sliding scale for the service program based on a person’s ability to pay. The grant supports personal care services provided by certified nurses’ aides and personal care assistants such as companion services, transportation, shopping and help with other activities of daily living.
In addition to providing personal care services, The Legacy at Home, in partnership with the bakery at The Legacy Willow Bend, has provided challah bread once a month prior to Shabbat to homebound seniors as well.
“Our dedicated volunteers, Marilyn Schwartz and Susan Moger, deliver Challah to grant recipients once a month. It’s a simple gesture made possible by the bakery at The Legacy Willow Bend, but it makes a big difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Rivae Campo, Volunteer Coordinator at The Legacy Senior Communities.
“Taking care of seniors in a dignified and Jewish way is our ultimate priority, and we are absolutely thrilled to provide funding to The Legacy at Home,” said Bradley Laye, chief executive officer of Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. “Our donors have always supported senior services through The Legacy Senior Communities, and it is an honor to help seniors receive care from the only Jewish-sponsored home health care agency in Dallas.”
The Legacy at Home is working with the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas and Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas to identify seniors who benefit from the program.
“We are extremely thankful for the generous supplemental grant we received from the Federation,” said Marc Stanley, chair of the board of trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “It is important to be there for the seniors in our community, and this is a wonderful opportunity to give them the support and care they deserve.”
“This is absolutely terrific, and it has been a wonderful opportunity to help seniors with limited resources,” said David Eisenberg, chairman of the board of directors of The Legacy at Home. “Our mission is to assist seniors, and we have put this money to good use.”
The funding goes toward assisting seniors who need personal care services at home but are in need of the financial means to pay for them.
These services provide seniors with companionship and help them to live independently in their own homes. In addition, the certified nurses’ aides and personal care assistants ensure that the seniors are safe and socially engaged. This assistance is greatly needed by many seniors who do not receive financial support from their families or who don’t have families to assist with managing their daily lives.
If you are interested in finding out how to take advantage of the services offered by the grant, please call Deanne Yount, Personal Assistance Supervisor for The Legacy at Home, at 972-468-6296. If you would like to make a donation to support the charitable care, please call Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities, at 972-468-6161.