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Charles E. Smith Life Communities (Vice President of Development and Community Engagement)

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Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) is one of the largest and most highly regarded nonprofit elder care organizations in the nation. Originally founded in 1910 as the Hebrew Home for the Aged, CESLC now serves 1,100 older adults daily in multiple residences situated on its beautiful 38-acre campus in Rockville, Maryland.

With an operating budget of over $90 million, CESLCs 1,000 team members include: physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, dining and recreational staff and others, who live the organizational value of derech eretz (service excellence) to fulfill the CESLC mission of providing a continuum of quality services for older adults and their families.

Located on campus is the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, offering 556 skilled nursing beds (including a 103 bed Post Acute Care Center) at two separate but adjacent facilities; Smith-Kogod Residence and Wasserman Residence. Hebrew Home is the largest nursing home in the mid-Atlantic region and enjoys a 97% resident satisfaction rating, a five-star quality rating, and works in close alignment with its referring hospitals to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults in Montgomery County, MD.

Additional residences and programs on the CESLC campus include:
- Cohen-Rosen House, a national award winning, 18 unit assisted living residence for older adults who are experiencing cognitive decline

- ElderSAFE" Center, a shelter, education, and advocacy center for older adults who experienced financial, physical or emotional abuse by a spouse, family member or caregiver

- Hirsh Health Center, an outpatient clinic for primary medical care and rehabilitation therapies

- Home Care Solutions, a private-duty home service agency jointly owned with Augustine Home Health

- Landow House, a 60 unit assisted living residence

- Revitz House, a 250 unit, affordable independent living residence (HUD subsidized)

- Ring House, a 250 unit, market-rate independent living residence


Since our founding, Charles E. Smith Life Communities has enjoyed significant growth and support to expand and modernize facilities and services to meet the changing needs of the growing population of older adults. Under Charles E. Smiths leadership and with his philanthropic engagement, the Rockville campus was constructed in the 1960s, to house the Hebrew Home as well as the Jewish Social Services Agency and the Jewish Community Center. In 2006, in
recognition of a $12M gift to the Hebrew Home from the family of Charles E. Smith, the organization adopted its current name, Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC).

As we look to the future, CESLC is exploring expanding to an additional location in the region and broadening the services and programs it provides. The leadership of CESLC is currently updating its strategic map for 2018-2020, based upon six pillars of strength: quality care, experience, people, growth, financial performance, and community.

To learn more about CESLC, go to www.smithlifecommunities.org.

To be viewed and supported by their community as a leader and provider of choice in delivering innovative and compassionate services for elders.

- Tikkun Olam  Repairing the World Through Acts of Kindness through kindness , compassion, caring

- Tzedek  Justice  Doing What is Right through integrity, ethical practices, accountability, responsible stewardship, and generosity of spirit

- Limud  A Commitment to Growth and Learning through quality, competence, and personal and professional growth

- Derech Eretz  Fulfilling our Mission through service excellence, respect, and dignity


The culture of CESLC is one of its most distinguishing qualities. Unequivocally dedicated to delivering exceptional quality/customer service and to providing an excellent work environment, CESLC has embraced an organization-wide Drive for Excellence initiative that is deeply embedded in their operations.

CESLC benefits from an active, engaged Board of Governors that works in close partnership with senior management. The culture of CESLC emphasizes teamwork and collaboration, open and honest communication, and encourages creativity and initiative. No surprises is a common refrain; all situations, including difficult ones, are addressed openly in a truthful, direct way. Warmth, compassion, dignity, respect, and strong bonds of trust are fundamental to the organization. Humor is an important element as well.

Our culture is also fast-paced, farsighted, strategic, and data-driven. Being resident-centered and providing the highest quality services possible are an absolute imperative. CESLC is a large, sophisticated, and complex organization that very successfully integrates a strong mission-driven ethic with quality care, tight financial controls, and effective, businesslike management.