Charles E. Smith Life Communities becomes umbrella name for Hebrew Home’s system of care
At its 96th Annual Meeting, the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington announced the new name for its unified system of care: Charles E. Smith Life Communities. This name honors the legacy of Charles E. Smith, “someone who truly broke the mold, a visionary leader,” said Arthur J. Dykes, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “It was his vision” Dykes added, “that created our campus and brought the Home to Rockville in 1969.” Charles E. Smith was President of the Hebrew Home from 1959 to 1962.
Today the Hebrew Home has expanded to include Landow House, an assisted living residence; Ring House and Revitz House, both independent living communities; the Wasserman and Smith-Kogod Residences, which provide long-term nursing care; the Rakusin Rehabilitation Center, for rehabilitation and recovery; the Hirsh Health Center, which offers outpatient medical services; and the Research Institute on Aging, a leader in the study of the aging process. It should be noted that while these residences and services will retain their original names, they now are recognized as integral components of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
As a highlight to the meeting, Robert H. Smith, and Robert P. Kogod, son and son-in-law respectively of Charles E. Smith, received the 2006 Hymen Goldman Award in recognition of their long-standing involvement with the Home, specifically, and their gift of $12 million from the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Kogod, together with their families, have upheld the tradition of philanthropy established by Charles E. Smith and in so doing, have been intrinsic to the Home’s ability to meet the challenges of serving its diverse elder population in a climate of mounting medical expenses and restricted governmental reimbursement.
Warren Slavin, President/CEO, said, “Our system can now be described and united with a name”•and through the community leadership and generosity of the Smith and Kogod families, we will have one.”