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Senior Independence receives NIJH accreditation

2/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Senior Independence
WEST AKRON — Senior Independence received accreditation through the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH).

As an accredited Jewish Hospice agency, Senior Independence recognizes the unique traditions and practices of the Jewish faith supporting patients and their families with integrity and understanding, according to Senior Independence officials.

“The [NIJH] and certification was very informative and helpful to understand the traditions, beliefs and customs of the Jewish community,” said Sheila Flannery, executive director of the Akron/Canton region. “The training will help the Akron/Canton office and staff to understand the importance of making sure that all patients’ needs are honored in their end-of-life journey, including their spiritual needs. I am excited that Senior Independence will be a part of providing hospice to the Jewish Community in the Greater Akron/Canton area.”

NIJH was founded in 1985 by Dr. Rabbi Maurice Lamm to help alleviate serious and terminal illnesses, according to Senior Independence officials. Its 52,000 members are comprised of business and professional leaders and a consortium of endowing foundations dedicated to inform and educate staff, doctors, nurses, volunteers, social workers and anyone involved in the treatment and care of the Jewish terminally ill.

Shown above, from left, at the NIJH conference in November in New Jersey, are: (back row) Cheryl Withrow (executive director of the Southwest Senior Independence Hospice), Kelly Canterbury (hospice team leader for the Cleveland Senior Independence Hospice) and Karen Ambrose (executive director of the Mahoning Valley Senior Independence Hospice); and (front row) Ann Heringhaus (executive director of the Central Ohio Senior Independence Hospice); Wendy Kiser (executive director of the Toledo Senior Independence Hospice), Lamm and Sheila Flannery (executive director of the Akron/Canton Senior Independence Hospice).

For more information, call 330-873-3468 or visit www.seniorindependence.org.

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