Care and compassion continues at 'new' Beth Sholom
Recently, I had the privilege of touring the progress at the “new” Beth Sholom Healthcare Center with Mark Finkel, CEO of the Beth Sholom Lifecare Community and Beth Siegel-Stein, chairperson of the Board of Directors. It’s the “new Beth Sholom” evolving off of John Rolfe Parkway and Lauderdale Drive.
Beth Sholom opened in 1945 – over 70 years ago in a converted mansion in Richmond’s historic Fan District as the first Jewish home for seniors in the state. While they moved to a larger campus in the West End some years ago, they have continued to be a big part of our community.
The Beth Sholom campus is composed of an independent living apartment complex (The Woods); two assisted living communities with dedicated memory care units; (Parkside and The Gardens); a Healthcare Center with skilled nursing and a full spectrum of rehabilitative care; and an Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic. Most recently, Beth Sholom began a partnership with a full-service home health agency that provides in-home, skilled medical care designed to competently meet important needs of our Jewish Community members.
Beth Sholom began the renovation of the Healthcare Center in February of 2016 with Phase 1. This included new administrative offices, a rehabilitation gymnasium and wellness center, a new lobby with a bistro and the renovation of the employee lounge. Phase 2 was a complete renovation of Unit 1 resident rooms, dining area, nurses’ station, medication room and resident spa. There are 3 phases remaining in the renovation project. This will include the completion of Units 2 through 4 and an expansion of the rear of the building, including an additional entrance and more space for resident activities.
It’s expected that the entire project will be finished by the end of 2017. Mark and Beth reported this project is being done with very little disruption to the residents.
The care and compassion for the residents remains a top priority. Of course, the nurses and other staff are highly regarded in central Virginia for not only their skills but their devotion to residents as well.
I encourage you to call Mark Finkel or Beth Siegel-Stein to schedule a tour or stop in at 1600 John Rolfe Parkway; (804) 750-2183; when you have a moment. The transformation of the “new” Beth Sholom is impressive.
As always, contact me at (804) 545-8622 to get involved or visit our website www.jewishrichmond.org.