Parker Jewish Institute Announces New Indian Cultural Unit

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From left: RN Satvir Kaur, Director of Recreation Therapy Kathleen Keegan, Therapeutic Recreation Leader Rita Ramsahai, RN Kirandeep Kaur, Nurse manager and RN Prasanna Nair.

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation recently held a grand opening ceremony for a new Indian cultural unit, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for patients, residents and families. The dedicated unit was recently treated to a complete makeover, featuring culturally sensitive art, interior design and décor.

“Parker’s newly renovated space is designed to meet the needs of Queens and Nassau’s growing Indian population,” said president and CEO of Parker, Michael N. Rosenblut. “There is Indian-inspired décor and artwork, celebrating India’s cultural heritage, scheduled Indian recreational activities and entertainment, Indian newspapers and movies and of course, traditional Indian meals made fresh daily, prepared by our chefs.”

Fourth from left: Parker Jewish President and CEO Michael N. Rosenblut, and the Committee for Indian Initiative at Parker Jewish.

In addition, the unit is staffed by clinical and front line staff fluent in Indian languages, delivering the excellent care every day that Parker is known for in the community.
Several team members at Parker coordinated the efforts to implement this new cultural unit.

“It was such an uplifting experience to be involved in selecting colors and artifacts for the unit, and to know that it represents so much to our Indian families,” said Tara Buonocore-Rut, the executive vice president for corporate strategy.

Buonocore-Rut commended Saroj Shah, a retired OBGYN, along with her husband Indravadan Shah, a retired surgeon, who together led a committee of local Indian doctors and professionals who worked on the development and planning for Parker’s Indian cultural unit. For more information about Parker’s Indian cultural unit, call 1-877-727-5373.

Parker Jewish Institute, which is located at the Queens-Nassau County border in New Hyde Park, is a leading provider of short term rehabilitation and long term care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and new technology, the institute is also a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features round-the-clock clinical teams, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing social adult day care, home health care and a hospice program.

—Submitted by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

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