Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO Molly Forrest is Today’s Honoree

MollyForrestMolly Forrest joined the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda, CA, one of the largest senior healthcare providers in the U.S., as CEO-president in 1996. She has led the Home through the most ambitious expansion in its history, while overseeing a broad diversified development of Jewish Home programs and services for today’s seniors.

In the 1970s Molly worked in two governmental positions in Oregon.  In Lane County she supervised the state’s second largest senior nutritional program, providing meals in 16 locations county-wide with home-delivered meals as needed.   Her second position worked with area not-for-profit and for-profit developers of senior/handicapped affordable or subsidized housing assisting in project design and securing HUD or FHA financing.  Her work experience includes direct and corporate administration of skilled nursing and residential care facilities and private consulting for senior living.

Upon joining the Jewish Home, a leading provider of comprehensive senior healthcare in-residence services, Molly led in emphasizing that Home programs should create an environment which would support and build bodies, engage minds and encourage emotional and spiritual expression.

Under her leadership, the Home has opened:

*       Goldenberg Ziman Special Care – for those afflicted by dementia

*       Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center – an acute psychiatric
hospital with skilled nursing beds

*       Fountainview at Eisenberg Village – the Home’s first Continuing Care
Retirement Community for independent seniors with support if needed

*       Skirball Hospice – for support of patients and families in the most
vulnerable days of life

*       Annenberg School of Nursing – for the education and clinical
training of students for state nurse licensing examinations and nursing aide
certification testing

*       LA Center for Palliative Care – to assist those who live with
multiple chronic conditions and/or suffer continuing pain

*       Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC), a specialty managed care
insurance plan targeted to assure the most frail, medically complex seniors
can safely live at home with the BCSC medical and supportive services
provided either on-site in a day-treatment center or delivered in-home;
federally, this is known as a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly

*       Care Transitions – a CMS Innovative award-project focused on seniors
who are discharged home from area hospitals who receive JHA coordinated care
at home to stabilize their health and minimize or avoid return to the acute

Currently, Molly is overseeing the development of Fountainview at the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus and the Hirsch Family Campus, the first new Jewish Home campuses in over a generation. The Gonda Campus will be the first physical presence of the LA Jewish Home outside of the San Fernando Valley are of Los Angeles in nearly 50 years.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Molly is active in a variety of community organizations including director positions for boards of LeadingAge CA, Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), the UCLA Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Geriatric Education and Research Organization (GERO) and Membership nationally of LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Advisory Council, CEMO Roundtable, California State University Northridge (CSUN) Professional Health Care Advisory Council.

She is a recipient of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California Allan J. Kassin Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Health Care Leadership Award, and the Jewish Free Loan Association Ben & Anne Werber Communal Service Award.

Molly is a frequent guest speaker regarding senior living and care-giving issues for healthcare, eldercare, and nonprofit organizations.

Visit Molly Forrest for more information.

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