Eliza Jennings is dedicated to the health and safety of those we serve and are taking precautions based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements.

 (Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings is proud to be named a 2022 NorthCoast 99 award winner by ERC, the Employers Resource Council. The NorthCoast 99 award honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the fourteenth time that Eliza Jennings has earned the NorthCoast 99 Award. 

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event, now in its 24th year. ERC honors 99 great workplaces for top-performing people who drive quality outcomes, support industry leadership, and enable organizations to innovate and grow. 

“We are proud and honored to once again be recognized as a NorthCoast 99 winner,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Rich Boyson. “We know that this type of recognition is the result of the talent and commitment of our team members, who excel in their dedicated service to our residents and in fulfilling our mission each day. We are committed to creating a workplace that supports their personal and professional growth.” 

Employers are evaluated based on organizational strategy, policies, and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition, and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

“More than a business award or event, NorthCoast 99 is a yearlong research program that ERC established to help make our region a long-term destination of choice for companies and high-performing individuals,” said Samantha Marx, ERC’s Director of Strategic Projects. “The data from this program helps employers adapt their policies and practices to attract and retain top-notch talent.” 

All winning organizations and sponsors will be recognized at the 2022 NorthCoast 99 Awards Event on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. This year’s event will be held at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. 

The 2022 NorthCoast 99 Awards program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; ERChealth; Fifth Third Bank; Gino’s Awards; Impact Architects; Maloney + Novotny; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; UKG; and Wayfind Creative. 

Since 1920, ERC has provided data and HR services including consultative services, compensation benchmarking and data, workplace surveys, networking, training, assessments, coaching, and employee engagement services. Additional information about ERC can be found at www.yourERC.com. 

Absolute Center for Assisted Living Offers Senior Living Redefined
JULY 25, 2022 (Cleveland, Ohio) – The Renaissance Retirement Campus, Eliza Jennings’ premier life care community in historic Olmsted Township, is pleased to announce the opening of its new assisted living residence later this summer. The Absolute Center for Assisted Living features 48 units – 30 traditional assisted living apartments and 18 dedicated to memory care. The unique senior living community will complete Phase 2 of a multi-year Master Facilities Plan to renovate and expand amenities and services at the Renaissance, located at 26376 John Road.

“The Master Facilities Plan is the culmination of a multi-year planning process that began in 2017,” said Eliza Jennings President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Boyson Jr. “The Plan has generated tremendous anticipation and outlines a dynamic and vibrant campus designed to improve the satisfaction and comfort of current and future residents and continue to offer an optimum life-enhancing environment. The new assisted living residence, the Absolute Center for Assisted Living, will further expand options for residents and offer enhanced amenities and services.”

The 41,000 square-foot assisted living residence features state-of-the-art contemporary design and architectural elements that include stylish finishes and scenic views of the surrounding landscape, gardens, and ponds. Inviting living and dining spaces, including a pub, courtyards, and an indoor/outdoor fireplace, are designed to create opportunities for residents to engage and socialize. Additional amenities include a salon, game room, library, and spacious one- and two-bedroom suites as well as studio apartments. Assisted living offers the ideal solution for older adults who are no longer able to manage living on their own without support. Residents enjoy a safe, comfortable home that promotes independence and provides individualized personal care services when
they need them. Families experience peace of mind knowing that caring and compassionate staff members provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing, meals, mobility, and hygiene. A variety of life enrichment activities provide opportunities to enjoy meaningful pastimes and new friendships, supported by caring and dedicated staff members.

The Renaissance will commemorate the opening of the new assisted living community with celebratory events September 9 and 10. VIPs and guests will enjoy cocktails in the new assisted living dining room, inaugural building tours Friday evening, and a Fun Run/Walk and Roll Saturday morning.
The Master Facilities Plan includes additional renovations that will further enhance the Renaissance vibrant lifestyle community and will be underway over the next few years. Please visit https://renaissance.elizajennings.org/renaissance-renovations/ regularly to learn more about exciting project updates and progress.

 (Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in quality aging services, is pleased to announce that Fitch Ratings has assigned the organization a first-time ‘BB+’ Issuer Default Rating with a stable rating outlook. 

Assigned ratings are a designation of an organization’s creditworthiness. The initial Fitch Rating is a culmination of Eliza Jennings’ strategic planning initiatives to strengthen liquidity and enhance amenities as well as construct a new assisted living facility on the Renaissance campus, scheduled to open in September 2022. This rating will serve to reduce interest costs, and Leadership will continue to manage operations with the goal of upgrading this initial rating when feasible. 

“This rating initiation by Fitch demonstrates Eliza Jennings’ financial strength and stability, responsible stewardship, and quality operations, especially while meeting the challenges brought about by the pandemic,” said President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “The rating enhances our ability to continue to provide mission-driven, exceptional care to the older adults we serve now and in the future.” 

The Fitch Ratings report is available here: https://www.fitchratings.com/research/us-public-finance/fitch-rates-eliza-jennings-senior-care-network-oh-ser-2022a-bonds-bb-outlook-stable-20-05-2022 

Fitch Ratings is a credit rating agency that rates the viability of investments relative to default and ranks among the top credit rating agencies internationally. 

(Cleveland, Ohio) – ­The Renaissance Retirement Campus, Eliza Jennings’ premier life care community in Olmsted Township, is honored and proud to be recognized as a 2022 Cleveland Magazine Best of the West finalist in the Senior Living category.

“It is gratifying to be recognized as a trusted, premier provider of aging services on Cleveland’s West Side,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “Our dedicated, compassionate staff members are committed to providing the highest quality person-centered care, especially during these challenging times. We are grateful to the Renaissance residents and families, and Cleveland Magazine readers for making this recognition possible.”

The Renaissance is participating in Cleveland Magazine’s annual Best of the West event at Market Square at Crocker Park from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on May 12, 2022. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, entertainment, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://clevelandmagazine.com/magazine-events/best-of-the-west.

Finalists were selected based on nomination ballots cast by Cleveland Magazine readers. The Renaissance was selected as a finalist in the Senior Living category. One winner in each category will be determined by a final vote that will take place electronically the night of the event. Winners will be announced in the July issue of Cleveland Magazine.

The Renaissance Retirement Campus is located at 26376 John Road in Olmsted Township. To learn more about quality care and services for older adults at the Renaissance, please call 440.235-7100 or visit https://renaissance.elizajennings.org/.

Cleveland Magazine is a regional publication that serves Northeast Ohio and offers engaging stories on dining, arts and entertainment, shopping, sports, and civic issues affecting Greater Clevelanders.

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best workplaces for top talent. This is the thirteenth time that Eliza Jennings has earned the NorthCoast 99 Award.

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event, now in its 23rd year. ERC honors 99 great workplaces for top-performing people who drive quality outcomes, support industry leadership, and enable organizations to innovate and grow. Employers are evaluated based on policies and practices related to the attraction, engagement, and retention of top talent, as well as data collected from employee surveys. Best workplaces are recognized for practices that support challenging and meaningful work, excellent compensation and benefits, work/life balance, and career advancement. 

“We are proud and honored to once again be recognized as a NorthCoast 99 winner,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “We know that this type of recognition is the result of the talent and commitment of our team members, who excel in their dedicated service to our residents and in meeting our mission each day. We are committed to creating a workplace that supports their personal and professional growth.” Eliza Jennings employs approximately 600 staff members throughout its aging services network.

“Talent wins in today’s labor market. The NorthCoast 99 winners know this so they continue to build progressive and innovative HR practices and benefits to attract and retain the best and brightest,” said Kelly Keefe, President of ERC. “We’re thrilled to recognize the 2021 winning organizations and look forward to sharing their success stories.”

The 2021 NorthCoast 99 Awards program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; ERChealth; Gino’s Awards; Impact Architects; Maloney + Novotny; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; UKG; and Wayfind Creative.

Since 1920, ERC has provided data and HR services including consultative services, compensation benchmarking and data, workplace surveys, networking, training, assessments, coaching, and employee engagement services. Additional information about ERC can be found at www.yourERC.com.

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit leader in aging services, announced that Michael Gray, vice president of information technology and compliance officer, was honored by LeadingAge Ohio with the 2021 Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award. Gray was recognized at an awards luncheon August 6 during the LeadingAge Ohio annual conference and trade show in Columbus, Ohio.

The Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award is awarded to a LeadingAge Ohio member displaying innovation through the implementation of practices which contribute significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served.

“We are thrilled that Mike is being recognized among our peers in the aging services industry,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “Everything Mike has done throughout the pandemic has been designed to allow our administrators to focus exclusively on our residents and staff. Mike’s efforts helped take the worry out of identifying sources for PPE, compliance with new regulations, and other administrative tasks.”

Gray was honored and recognized for demonstrating visionary innovation impacting the organization through unique practices, a willingness to embrace and create new ideas, and creative use of resources. Gray implemented practices with measurable and sustainable impact that are unique to the organization and worthy of duplication.

Through technology, Gray developed solutions to streamline gathering of data to meet new requirements, sourcing PPE from nontraditional sources, and automation of consent forms for the administration of more than 1,000 vaccinations. Gray collaborated with staff to facilitate virtual visits between residents and their families to ensure they would remain connected with loved ones.

LeadingAge Ohio is a not-for-profit trade association that represents approximately 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans annually and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.

(Olmsted Township, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit leader in aging services, has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation. Eliza Jennings at Home earned this distinction by demonstrating continuous compliance with Joint Commission performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe, excellent, and quality patient care.

To earn re-accreditation, Eliza Jennings underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with home health standards spanning several areas including environment of patient care, infection prevention and control, emergency management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual. Additionally, the Joint Commission carefully reviewed agency policies and procedures to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among staff and clients in the community.

“Eliza Jennings is proud and honored to receive re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, a premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “Accreditation honors and validates the hard work and dedication of our staff in providing exceptional, compassionate care and outstanding services of the highest standards to the individuals we serve throughout the continuum of care.” 

Eliza Jennings at Home works to meet all regulatory and accreditation requirements at all times, and as part of the preparation for the accreditation review process focuses additional attention on policy & procedure review, education for staff, and auditing and monitoring all quality improvement activities.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

“We commend Eliza Jennings at Home for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. Patient safety and quality of care are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards and initiatives. Achieving accreditation makes a strong statement to the community about an organization’s efforts to provide the highest quality services.

Eliza Jennings at Home has provided a person-centered approach to quality home health care and services since 2006, and has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 2009.

Renaissance residents make a difference protecting native wildlife

 

(Olmsted Township, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit leader in aging services, is pleased to announce that the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through the  National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Garden for Wildlife™ program.

The National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recognizes the Renaissance’s efforts to create a garden that supports birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other local wildlife. Every Certified Wildlife Habitat garden provides natural sources of food, water, cover, and places to raise young and is maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water, and doesn’t rely on pesticides. Certified Wildlife Habitat gardens are now also part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create a million gardens that provide habitat for declining pollinator insects such butterflies and bees.

“We are tremendously proud to be designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation,” said Renaissance Executive Director Sandy Skerda. “The residents who comprise the Renaissance Nature Club’s membership deserve many thanks for their efforts in attaining this designation for our beautiful campus.”

Renaissance residents established the Nature Club in 2019. “The purpose of the Nature Club is twofold,” said Renaissance resident Hilton Young. “Members work to preserve the natural environment of the Renaissance campus’ green space for the enjoyment of residents, staff, and families; they also provide educational programs and opportunities for the utilization of the Campus grounds with specific emphasis on thoughtful, environmentally accepted programs.”

Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous Club member, a mile-long, wheelchair accessible nature trail will be constructed through the garden habitat. A contribution of a golf cart from resident Kathy Chapman will provide transportation to provide guided tours of the campus’ natural wildlife habitats. A commemorative sign, contributed by resident Dora Young, was presented to the Renaissance by the Nature Club, designating the campus as a certified wildlife habitat.

“The sign announces to visitors and prospective new members of our community that the Renaissance not only values the people who live here, but also the wildlife with whom we share our space,” said Nature Club President Ann Heidenreich.

The Renaissance Retirement Campus encompasses 100 acres and offers walking pathways offering wheelchair accessibility. The scenic campus features several freshwater ponds and natural areas that support a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Native trees and plants abound.

Celebrating over 45 years, the Garden for Wildlife movement has recognized over 227,000 Certified Wildlife Habitat gardens across the United States to date, encompassing more than 2.5 million acres that support wildlife locally.

Participants who have their wildlife habitat garden certified receive a personalized certificate with a unique habitat number, a one-year membership to NWF with a subscription to National Wildlife magazine, a subscription to the Garden for Wildlife e-newsletter, a 10 percent discount to National Wildlife catalog, and the exclusive right to post a Certified Wildlife Habitat yard sign. For more information on NWF’s Garden for Wildlife movement and how to qualify to have a garden space recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, visit https://www.nwf.org/garden or call 1-800-822-9919.

After the pandemic I was searching for a place for my elderly father who has dementia. I came across Acacia Place at the Eliza Jennings facility in Cleveland, Ohio. My experience working with Minnie the facility director has been nothing but wonderful. She has gone above and beyond helping to accommodate my family needs. A situation came up with my father so I called her to let her know. When I called her office I learned she was out for that day. I decided to leave her a voicemail. And in 5 minutes she called me back. I couldn’t believe it. Even on her day off she’s willing to extend herself to help me and my family. What a blessing she has been to my father and my family. The facility itself is beautiful and well maintained. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit leader in aging services, announced the appointment of James W. Rogerson to the organization’s Board of Trustees effective March 2021.

“Jim’s extensive experience serving older adults and knowledge of the healthcare industry will be a tremendous asset to our organization,” said President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “His outstanding commitment to quality aging services will help us to continue to provide services that improve and enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of the older adults we serve.”

Rogerson is chief operating officer at HealthPRO-Heritage, a contract therapy and consulting business serving continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and home health agencies. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and aging services, Rogerson served as Eliza Jennings executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer from 1995 to 2007. He also served as president of Therapy Partners, a former Eliza Jennings business-to-business therapy company, from 2005 to 2010. Rogerson’s expertise includes strategic planning, fiscal management, program development and implementation, and construction/renovation work.
Rogerson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Baldwin Wallace College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University; he is a licensed nursing home administrator.