Menorah Park and Montefiore have agreed to combine under the Menorah Park name, the two Beachwood-based organizations announced in a joint news release. The affiliation was approved by both boards of directors on March 3 with plans for the affiliation to become effective June 30. The Montefiore name will remain on its facility on the campus.
Menorah Park, founded in 1906, provides health care and residential choices for adults in settings ranging from apartments for independent living and assisted living, to skilled nursing care, memory care, rehabilitation services, adult day care, home health and hospice services. It operates a 42-acre campus located on Cedar Road and employs 1,400 people.
Montefiore’s campus, adjacent to Menorah Park, was founded in 1882 and employs 600. Today, it provides skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, home health care, memory care, assisted living and hospice. Its hospice house is the only nursing home-based hospice house in the area. Montefiore also operates The Weils, located in Chagrin Falls, which boasts a rehabilitation pavilion, and assisted living and memory care residences.
James Newbrough, currently CEO of Menorah Park, will continue as CEO of the new Menorah Park. Seth Vilensky, currently president and CEO of Montefiore, will become vice president of business development and community services for the organization.
“This is great news for both organizations, and most importantly, for the community at large,” said Beth Rosenberg, president of Menorah Park’s board of trustees, in a statement. “It brings together two organizations built around Jewish values, with a common mission: to provide high-quality health care to adults as they age by offering a range of services in a variety of settings.”
Ira Goffman, chair of Montefiore’s board of directors, added: “Our facilities are not only physically close to each other, we couldn’t be more closely aligned in how we approach the challenges of a changing health care system along with a growing population that expects more at every stage of life.”
There are a lot of details that still need to worked out, Newbrough said, and the affiliation is not expected to be completed for several months.
“But we’ve already done extensive research and due diligence, so we know this is the right path for our two organizations to take,” Newbrough said.