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Levindale Celebrates Start of a Multi-Million Dollar Project for Baltimore's Elderly
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital is celebrating the first phase of a $31 million construction project with a ceremony on Tuesday, September 21 at 5 p.m.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. pledged $10 million, the largest gift to a long-term care center in the foundation's history. In appreciation of its gift, the campus is now The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus at Levindale.
In addition to the Weinberg Foundation gift, Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner, pledged $5 million to the project. These two leadership gifts reflect an unprecedented campaign to raise money through philanthropy.
"The leadership and support from the Weinberg Foundation will be felt for generations to come, not only in our city but around the country,” says Aric Spitulnik, president and COO of Levindale. "That gift, along with the gift provided by Willard Hackerman, will guarantee that we can continue to treat the elderly with the dignity and respect they deserve while encouraging their independence.”
"Harry Weinberg was always concerned about the lives of poor older adults, and his commitment is carried out by the Foundation which bears his name,” says Barry Schloss, the Foundation treasurer and one of its trustees. "The Foundation is proud to partner with Levindale on this groundbreaking project. Levindale has served the Baltimore community for 120 years, and the Weinberg Foundation has supported it for the last 20 years.”
The new Levindale, which will be completed in 2012, will be a cheerful, inviting, modern home for residents, while providing a comfortable, elegant and friendly atmosphere. Levindale's design complements the Neighborhood Model, which was implemented in 2005. Spacious yet intimate, the building will have small households with private bedrooms that have full, private showers and bathrooms; a country kitchen with family-style Kosher cooking and dining; a den for reading, music and watching television; and a cozy hearth area.
There will also be a two-story town center with a Jewish-themed museum, a synagogue, a gift shop, a café, a barbershop and a beauty salon.
Outside, there will be sensory gardens, courtyards, patios and a playground for grandchildren.
The Neighborhood Model turns the traditional structure of long-term care upside down to give residents the chance to make choices about their daily lives by having staff schedules work around what residents want, instead of the other way around.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation gives a majority of its grants to fund services and facilities for older adults. The Foundation is one of the only major foundations with a focus on serving the older adult community.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital is part of LifeBridge Health, one of Baltimore's largest health organizations. It also includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.lifebridgehealth.org.