LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO-President Molly Forrest was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from American Jewish University (AJU) at commencement ceremonies held Sunday, May 18, 2014.
In presenting the award, Dr. Robert Wexler, President of AJU said, "Molly, the work you have done on behalf of our community is nothing short of remarkable. Step by step, you have made our local Jewish Home a model for communities around the country both through your creative planning and your careful management.
"You have attained an important leadership position within our community, and we consider you a compelling role model of achievement, particularly for young Jewish women. By honoring you, we provide our students with an example of what we hope they might achieve in their own lives," he added.
Since her appointment as CEO-President of the Jewish Home in 1996, Molly has led the Home in expanding six-fold the number of seniors served, increasing the range of services offered, and creating innovative programs to meet growing senior healthcare needs. Today the Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior programs, services and housing in Southern California.
"I am incredibly touched and honored to receive this doctorate degree and thank the AJU for it," Molly said. "I share the success of today with gratitude to many donors, staff, colleagues, volunteers and board members who give so much to make the Jewish Home what it is."
Founded in 1912, the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home is recognized nationally as a leading provider of senior healthcare services. Each year, more than 4,300 seniors benefit from the Home's community-based or in-residence programs.
Community programs include the Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC), Jewish Home Care Services, Care Transitions for post-acute aid at home, Skirball Hospice, Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine, the Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit, the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit and community geriatric clinics.
On spacious garden-filled campuses in Reseda, the Home serves seniors with a variety of choices to meet individual needs: independent living, residential care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitative care, and Alzheimer's disease and dementia care. The Home recently broke ground for a new independent living center, Fountainview at Gonda Westside, a healthy aging campus in Playa Vista.
SOURCE Los Angeles Jewish Home