Eliza Jennings Dedicates the Deborah Lewis Hiller SAIDO Learning® Institute at its Cleveland Health Campus

September 22, 2015

Eliza Jennings Dedicates the Deborah Lewis Hiller SAIDO Learning® Institute at its Cleveland Health Campus


DSC_4472-c(Cleveland, Ohio) – On Thursday, September 3, 2015, friends, colleagues, and family members of late president and CEO Deborah Lewis Hiller gathered for the dedication of the Deborah Lewis Hiller SAIDO Learning Institute at Eliza Jennings. A commemorative portrait of Hiller was unveiled at the ceremony.

Hiller was responsible for Eliza Jennings’ relationship with Kumon Institute of Education of Japan that led to the implementation of SAIDO Learning throughout the United States. SAIDO Learning is a non-pharmacological treatment that is shown to improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Institute is the national center for training and operations for SAIDO Learning.

“Deb truly left a tremendous legacy among her peers and in the aging services industry nationwide,” said Eliza Jennings Board Chair Susan O. Scheutzow. “Under her dynamic leadership, Eliza Jennings became a visionary force for changing the way we care for older adults. Her memory inspires us to continue her work to improve the quality of life of the older adults we serve.”

Hiller joined Eliza Jennings’ Board of Trustees in 1983, and was appointed president and CEO in 1993. She served in that role for more than twenty years until her death in September 2014. During her tenure, Eliza Jennings grew to become one of Northeast Ohio’s largest not-for-profit providers of the full continuum of aging services. She was a champion for multi-dimensional wellness and advocated for older adults to be involved in managing their care. Hiller was instrumental in placing Eliza Jennings at the forefront of the person-centered care movement and led the organization to be among the first to offer specialized memory support services. Under her leadership, Eliza Jennings was also first in the region to establish clinics in HUD affordable housing communities, empowering frail and low-income older adults to maintain independence in their homes.

“Success is measured not only by what has been accomplished, but also by a vision that builds its own momentum while inspiring an organization to excel beyond what it initially thought was possible,” Hiller once said. “Eliza Jennings was a visionary, and it is our responsibility to continue her mission now and into the future.” 

Hiller served in numerous volunteer leadership roles within the state and national aging services associations, formed alliances among aging services providers, and participated in culture change and accreditation organizations. A portrait of Hiller will honor her memory in each of Eliza Jennings’ communities. 

The Deborah Lewis Hiller SAIDO Learning Institute is located at the historic Eliza Jennings Health Campus, 10603 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in aging services, is a not-for-profit organization with more than 125 years of providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services network to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological treatment shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of aging services including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, respite care and adult day services. Eliza Jennings Home and Community-based Services provide a full range of services including in-home therapy, skilled home health care, and clinic services. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

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