Ted Cohen has been named chief executive officer of the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge – Ottawa’s Jewish home for the aged. He succeeds Stephen Schneiderman, who retired on June 30 after 33 years in the position.
Cohen earned his master’s degree in public health administration and business administration at McGill University and then worked at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as manager of professional development. While working at the College, he decided he wanted to work in long-term care.
“It was great working with doctors, so I thought, ‘I want to get close to the actual provision of care, and long-term care would be a wonderful opportunity,’” he told the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.
Cohen joins Hillel Lodge after serving as the administrator of the Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Centre in Ottawa. Cohen says it was an honour to be chosen as the new Hillel Lodge CEO and sees the position as an amazing opportunity.
“What is exciting about Hillel Lodge is you’re starting from a very strong foundation. It has a great reputation for long-term care, it is known for its programs and it has a second-to-none facility,” he said.
Cohen says there are a staggering number of baby boomers who will need additional services in the coming years, so he plans to examine the “full array of seniors’ services we could provide, in addition to long-term care.”
The first step of providing care to seniors, according to Cohen, will be to help them to stay in their homes whenever possible through adult or senior day programs. If the seniors were unable to live at home, the Lodge would examine ways of supportive living. The final step would be helping with the transition to long-term care at Hillel Lodge.
“Looking at that broad spectrum is the way long-term care is going,” Cohen said.
In Cohen’s opinion, the most important aspect of long-term care is treating each resident as an individual.
“We need to create a care plan which suites their individual needs and is inclusive of family and friends,” he said.
“It’s not just about constructing more beds in long-term care. It’s about finding the right services for the people when they are in their aging process,” he said.
Cohen says the Hillel Lodge Board of Directors plans to develop a strategic plan over the next year.
“Right now I have a broader view of long-term care and I want to develop one that is specific to the Hillel Lodge and the community that supports it,” he said.
Arlene Rosenbloom, president of the Hillel Lodge Board, said the hiring process for the CEO position was “very extensive and carefully thought out.” She said the search committee identified approximately 250 candidates from across Canada, which was then narrowed down to a short list of four. After conducting interviews with the final candidates, the committee unanimously chose Cohen.
Rosenbloom said former CEO Stephen Schneiderman will be missed.
“He has been the lifeblood of Hillel Lodge for many years,” she said. “His passion, his energy and his love of the Hillel Lodge has taken us to where we are today.”