(Cleveland, Ohio) – The “Bulldog Buddies” mentoring program, a collaboration between the Renaissance
Retirement Campus (an Eliza Jennings community in Olmsted Township) and Falls-Lenox Primary School
(Olmsted Falls City Schools), was recognized this week with the Excellence in Volunteer Service award
from LeadingAge Ohio. The award honors a LeadingAge Ohio member volunteer or volunteer
program that makes a positive, lasting impact on their organization or community.
“Bulldog Buddies” pairs residents of the Renaissance Retirement Campus with first-through third-grade
students, who have special needs or circumstances, in a mentoring relationship focused on increasing the
students’ academic success. Named after the school district’s mascot, the program pairs a “Big Buddy” with
a “Little Buddy” who meet weekly during the entire school year.
“Big Buddies are positive, stable role models who demonstrate kindness, trustworthiness, and integrity,” said
School Counselor Angela Butto. “The Bulldog Buddies program creates positive memories and experiences
that influence the students far beyond the classroom.” “The culture and mission of Eliza Jennings, and each of our communities, promotes giving back and serving others,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “This resident-driven program aligns
beautifully with that mission. It is gratifying to be recognized by LeadingAge Ohio for this innovative community
outreach program.”
“This program is a great example of the innovation fostered when organizations with different needs connect,”
said Kathryn Brod, President and CEO of LeadingAge Ohio. “Schools have a need, senior service providers
have a need, and this is a win-win for all parties.” The award was presented during the LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration Luncheon on September 14 as
part of the LeadingAge Ohio 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show. Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a member driven organization that represents approximately 400 longterm care facilities located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing housing services
and ancillary health care across a continuum of settings. Through a recent merger with Midwest Care Alliance,
LeadingAge Ohio’s members represent home care and hospice services to an even greater degree than ever
before. Member organizations are estimated to serve more than 400,000 elderly Ohioans and employ more
than 35,000 persons statewide. Members are sponsored by religious, fraternal, private and government
organizations committed to providing quality services for their residents and for older persons in the community
at large.
About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s
West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the
most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in
Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living in
Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted
living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a
full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner
house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO
Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
and other dementias among older adults. 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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For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017Contact:
Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org
(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in aging services,
announced that the Health Center at the Renaissance Retirement Campus, located in
Olmsted Township, received a deficiency-free rating during its recent annual survey by
the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The survey evaluates skilled nursing and
rehabilitative services to determine how well the nursing home provides care to its
residents by meeting state regulatory standards. A deficiency-free rating signifies full
compliance with all standards of care and services required by long-term care
providers.
“This achievement is the result of the staff’s commitment, diligence, and outstanding
teamwork,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “These
exceptional survey results underscore Eliza Jennings’ reputation for providing residentcentered
choices for superior care.”
The survey process focuses on how the needs of the residents are met, encompassing
not only their medical and nursing needs, but also their social, psychological, spiritual,
and physical needs as well. A team of ODH surveyors observes and examines clinical
and operational systems as well as medical records and required documentation.
Surveyors interview residents and their families, and evaluate staffing levels, resident
care, clinical services, employee training and observance of resident rights and resident
choice. Food service operations, thoroughness of housekeeping, maintenance and
laundry services, and compliance with resident and facility safety policies and practices
are also inspected and evaluated.
The Health Center at the Renaissance Retirement Campus offers a full range of
comprehensive services including 24-hour skilled nursing care with private
accommodations, Alzheimer’s and memory care including SAIDO Learning® cognitive
therapy for dementia, short-term rehabilitation services, and specialized wound and
post-surgical care. To learn more or to tour the Health Center, please call
440.235.7100.
About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to
older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally
recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience.
Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland;
the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted
Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging
adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation
services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of
home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse
practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging
services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy
shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among
older adults. 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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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017Contact:
Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org
(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in
aging services, announced that Chief Human Resources Officer and
General Counsel Jennifer M. Griveas is a recipient of the 2017 First
Chair Top General Counsel Award. Griveas previously received this
honor in 2015, and received the First Chair Rising Star Award in 2013
and 2014.
The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who
have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant
contributions to the legal community nationwide. Honorees will be
recognized at the First Chair Awards Conference and Gala August 30 in
Chicago. Recipients will also be featured in First Chair Magazine, an
annual publication for members of the legal community that is distributed nationally to in-house
counsel.
Griveas is an experienced attorney whose background includes litigation and employment
counseling for corporate and nonprofit clients. Prior to joining Eliza Jennings in 2011, Griveas
practiced law at Frantz Ward LLP in the firm’s labor and employment and litigation groups.
Griveas participates in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer mentoring program, and
mentors law students through Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Externship Program. She is
a member of LeadingAge Ohio, the state-wide organization for not-for-profit aging services
providers, and contributes to the group’s advocacy efforts.
Griveas holds a juris doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor
of Arts Degree in journalism and mass communication from Kent State University, both
conferred cum laude. She is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care
Compliance Certification Board. Griveas is a member of the Ohio State and Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Associations, as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel. She was a
member of the 2012 class of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. Griveas is
a member of SHRM, national and Cleveland chapters, the Health Care Compliance Association,
and the Northeast Ohio Employer’s Counsel Roundtable. She is a Cleveland Metropolitan Bar
Association Women in Law Award recipient, and a three-time Crain’s Cleveland Business
General and In-house Counsel Awards finalist. Griveas served as Executive Editor for
Cleveland State Law Review and was the recipient of the Law Review’s 2003-2004 Executive
Editor of the Year Award.
About First Chair
First Chair is the first organization designed to bring together a community of attorneys in
private practice with their in-house peers to recognize achievement. There are organizations
that acknowledge the accomplishments of attorneys in private practice, and corporate counsel
associations that evaluate in-house counsel performance. First Chair is the only organization
structured to unite these two communities through networking events that support career
development, and by annually recognizing in-house council that have been nominated by
esteemed members of the private practice community.
About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults
on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed
to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include
the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in
Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full
spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing
and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full
range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse
practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services
organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to
improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. 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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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017Contact:
Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org
(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized and trusted expert in aging services,
announced the appointment of officers to the Board of Trustees for the fiscal 2018 – 2020 term,
effective July 2017 through June 2019:
Margaret G. Weitzel, Chair, was appointed to the Board in 2010. Weitzel
chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, and serves on the Development,
Finance, HR/Quality Assessment, SAIDO Learning, and Compensation
Committees. She is executive vice president, and partner for Wyse
Advertising, Inc. and serves as secretary on their board of directors. Weitzel
has been affiliated with numerous not-for-profit and community service
organizations. She serves as immediate past chair of the board for Beck
Center for the Arts, as treasurer for the women’s committee executive board for Cleveland
Institute of Music, as a life director for Recovery Resources, and on the board of Northeast Ohio
Hospice. Weitzel attended Cleveland State University, and graduated with a marketing degree
from Dyke College.
Glenn S. Krassen, Secretary, joined the Board of Trustees in March 2013
and serves on the Finance and SAIDO Learning Committees. Krassen is
partner in charge of the shale, oil and gas practice group at Bricker & Eckler,
and has more than 30 years of energy law experience. He is a member and
former vice president of the board of trustees of HELP Foundation, Inc. and
former president of the Shaker Heights Public Library board of trustees.
Krassen is a member of the American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar
Association, (former chairman of the Natural Resources Committee; current
member of the Public Utilities Committee); and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is
an adjunct professor at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and a published author. Krassen
Eliza Jennings Board of Trustees Appoints 2018-20 Officers
September 12, 2017
earned a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree
with distinction from George Washington University; Phi Beta Kappa.
John E. Hunger, CPA, Treasurer, has served on the Board since 1994.
Hunger is a former chair of Eliza Jennings’ Board of Trustees. He currently
chairs the Finance Committee, and serves on the Strategic Planning
Committee. Hunger is the current treasurer and chief financial officer of World
Shipping, Inc., an international marine transportation services company. He
formerly was associated with Coopers & Lybrand. Hunger is a graduate of Ohio
Wesleyan University.
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About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults
on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed
to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include
the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in
Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full
spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing
and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full
range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse
practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services
organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to
improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For
more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit
elizajennings.org or call 216.226.50
MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017Contact:
Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings is proud to be recognized once again by ERC as one of
Northeast Ohio’s best places to work. This is the ninth time that Eliza Jennings has earned the
award.
“We are honored to once again be recognized among Northeast Ohio’s best places to work,”
said President and CEO Rich Boyson. “This recognition reflects the high level of quality and
performance demonstrated by our dedicated staff. We are committed to creating a culture in
which employees can excel, learn, and grow professionally.” Eliza Jennings employs
approximately 600 staff members throughout its network of aging services.
NorthCoast 99 recognizes great places to work for top performing people that drive quality
outcomes, support industry leadership, and enable businesses to innovate and grow. Employers
are evaluated based on policies and practices related to the attraction and retention of top
performers, as well as data collected from employee surveys.
“We’re extremely honored to recognize the 2017 NorthCoast 99 winners. These organizations
have earned the right to call themselves a great workplace by their dedication to attracting,
supporting, retaining, and motivating their Top Performers. ERC developed the NorthCoast 99
program with the hopes of inspiring local leaders to promote the great workplace movement,”
commented Pat Perry, President of ERC.
NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent
in Northeast Ohio. The program is presented by ERC (www.yourerc.com). ERC helps
organizations create great workplaces by providing HR resources, training, and consulting
services. Sponsors of the NorthCoast 99 program include: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield,
CareerCurve, Cleveland Magazine, ERChealth, Frantz Ward LLP, Gino’s Awards, Oswald
Companies, Staffing Solutions Enterprises, and Ultimate Software.
About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults
on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed
to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include
the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in
Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full
spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing
and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full
range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse
practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services
organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to
improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. 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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