After Almost 40 Years, Cobble Hill Health Center Appoints new President and CEO

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Cobble Hill Health Center’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Tony Lewis as President and CEO of the Cobble Hill Health Center effective May 1, 2012

I’m looking forward to building on the solid foundation of outstanding health care that is our nursing home to bringing the same kind of care we provide in-house into the homes of the communities we serve in Brooklyn.

Cobble Hill Health Center’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Tony Lewis as President and CEO of the Cobble Hill Health Center effective May 1, 2012.

Mr. Lewis was the Administrator at Cobble Hill Health Center for over 20 years and succeeds Olga Lipschitz, who is retiring after an illustrious 40 year career as one of the leading health care figures in Brooklyn. Donny Tuchman, Associate Administrator, will become the Administrator. “Tony has been one of the pivotal influences on this facility’s growth as a leader in the health care industry,” said Chairman of the Board, Demetra Polimeros. “He has always focused on what is best for the patient and that’s why we have such a respected name in caring for the elderly and disabled.”

Mr. Lewis was born in London, England. Working in health and social services in London he developed an expertise in caring for the elderly and became a certified social worker. He also holds a Master’s in Health Policy and Management. Recognized as a leading authority on caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, Mr. Lewis, who now resides in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, acted as a consultant and panel advisor on the needs of family caregivers for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London and was the contributing expert for local government joint-planning committees on health and social services.

After arriving in the United States in 1991, Mr. Lewis was hired by Mrs. Lipschitz, who was the Administrator, to establish Cobble Hill Health Center’s Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit. Today, it is regarded as a model of innovative Alzheimer’s care and was recently featured in the viral documentary about IPOD music and Alzheimer’s patients, Alive Inside (http://www.cobblehill.org/category/events) viewed over 6,000,000 times on YouTube.

Mr. Lewis he has lectured extensively on the culture of care and leadership skills and is a highly sought after speaker. “Working together with Mrs. Lipschitz for the past two decades has been the best experience I could possibly have had,” says Mr. Lewis. “Her leadership was exemplary and I am looking forward to taking her legacy into the future.”

In addition to his many years of advocacy for the frail elderly and disabled in the skilled nursing facility, Mr. Lewis has spearheaded several new, community based programs for Cobble Hill that are geared toward providing care in the community setting. “I’m looking forward to building on the solid foundation of outstanding health care that is our nursing home to bringing the same kind of care we provide in-house into the homes of the communities we serve in Brooklyn.”

Cobble Hill Health Center is a not-for-profit long and short term care facility providing services to the disabled and elderly in Brooklyn, for over 35 years. Located at 380 Henry Street in the historic Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, New York, Cobble Hill has been at the forefront of innovative and progressive treatment for the frail elderly and disabled and offers a complete range of medical, nursing and rehabilitation services. Cobble Hill Health Center’s Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center and Long Term Home Health Care operate from our satellite location at 822 Lexington Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn. These community based services provide care for over 200 frail elderly and chronically ill patients in their homes and in our day program. Please visit us at: http://www.cobblehill.org

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