NEW HYDE PARK, NY, September 1, 2020 – Parker Jewish Institute President and CEO Michael N. Rosenblut announced Tuesday that the skilled nursing facility is receiving Long Island Business News’ Corporate Citizenship Award on September 15.
The Corporate Citizenship Awards recognize companies and individuals who believe that being a good corporate citizen fosters the ability to contribute to the economic and social well-being of the region’s employees, businesses and the community. These honorees consistently prove that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and others that strive to meet the critical needs of the region’s community.
Under Mr. Rosenblut’s leadership, Parker Jewish Institute launched its Integrated Emergency COVID-Response Campaign in the earliest days of the pandemic. During the outbreak of COVID-19, skilled nursing facilities were Ground Zero. As information and health mandates changed rapidly – sometimes multiple times in one day – Parker’s leadership was in constant communication, driving new policies ahead of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health protocols, simultaneously managing the unrelenting virus that attacked the nation’s most vulnerable on the frontline. There were urgent messages to communicate to multiple audiences: families, workers, donors, vendors, partners and the public – all in real time. Parker rolled out a multi-pronged campaign to get critical messages to the right people, and importantly, at the right moment.
The coronavirus may have targeted nursing homes, but under Mr. Rosenblut’s leadership, Parker remains prepared to win this fight so that the institute is ready no matter what comes next. Parker has installed some of the most advanced safety measures in the country. Parker is spending $100,000 per week on its nonstop testing operation. It devoted an entire team to test all staff weekly. Parker’s specialized swabbing teams, registration staff and human resources experts work with compassion and care. The staff is armed with the protective personal equipment it needs to stay safe. Parker invested in a virus-killing ultraviolet light system for its HVAC units. Parker upgraded the facility’s generator system to ensure that the power is always on, which is especially critical during COVID-19. This is how Parker makes sure it can continue to care for the region’s most vulnerable population.
To help protect residents and staff from COVID-19, Parker launched the “Infection Control Patrol,” ensuring that staff throughout the facility maintain the highest standards in fighting the spread of disease and viruses.
The Infection Control Patrol is made up of interdisciplinary volunteers from Parker’s Infection Prevention Committee. The unit adheres to the strictest infection-prevention standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health. And the standards are fostered by staff commitment, collaboration and teamwork.
These moments also provide opportunity for feedback, commending staff for good practices, as well as mentoring and educating employees along the way. This approach fosters growth and team-building, with Patrol members available for questions and guidance. And Patrol members welcome suggestions from staff, bringing ideas back to the Infection Prevention Committee for consideration.
Patrol members make the rounds throughout Parker care areas, ensuring that staff are complying with the institute’s rigorous standards. This includes ensuring that all housekeeping, hygiene and infection control measures are properly carried out and responding to questions from residents and staff.
Parker Jewish Institute focuses on excellent care, and safety. The skilled nursing facility takes training very seriously to protect not only residents and patients, but families, staff and the community at large. The employees are close-knit and diversity, kindness and fairness are embraced.
Mr. Rosenblut is also recognized for his leadership in developing with the Parker team and community Parker’s Indian Cultural Unit. This unit is the first of its kind serving East and West Indian Older adults living in Nassau and Queens. This dedicated Indian Cultural Unit provides specialized care for Indian patients. Staffed by Indian physicians and nursing staff fluent in Indian languages; Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and Punjabi to name a few, delivering the excellent care Parker is known for. There is Indian-inspired artwork and decor, activities and entertainment featuring TV, movies, newspapers, music, and religious services, so patients remain connected to their traditional lifestyle. Traditional Indian vegetarian cuisine is served daily.
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York, and serves much of the New York metropolitan region. The 527-bed non-profit facility is a leading provider of Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and technology, the Institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features its own medical department, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing On-Site Dialysis, Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Medical House Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.