BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has named Ellen Leiter, RN, MBA, as Administrative Director for the organization’s planned center of excellence for Alzheimer’s disease and memory care.
Along with the center’s Medical Director Gary Lubow, MD, Ellen will help oversee HSL’s Alzheimer’s disease and memory care program, which will deliver comprehensive clinical services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, along with their families, through clinical care, education, advocacy, and research. The program’s team will serve seniors from the broader community, as well as those from HSL’s system of health care and housing communities.
In regards to the new center, Ellen said, “Hebrew SeniorLife has a long-standing reputation for providing excellence in care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. As a national leader in senior health care and housing, HSL is well positioned to lead the way in enhancing person-centered dementia care by identifying and disseminating best practices across the continuum through research, education and collaboration. Education and support for family caregivers will be a key component of the center of excellence for Alzheimer’s disease and memory care.”
Ellen is an experienced nurse executive with an extensive background in program development. She most recently served as Associate Chief Nurse for Critical Care and Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she was responsible for administrative oversight of the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient Psychiatry and Triage, and the off-site urgent care center in Waltham.
In her 30 years of leadership experience across a variety of health care settings, Ellen has earned a reputation as an excellent communicator, team builder, and values-driven leader. She has held leadership positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Allegiance Hospice and Palliative Care in Lowell, Healthcare Dimensions Hospice in Waltham, and several other area health care providers.
Mary Moscato, President, HSL Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center said, “it is so crucial to the design and development of the new center – a strategic initiative of HSL – that we were able to identify an experienced, proven, and passionate professional like Ellen to help mold this program, and bring such important services to families and patients in need of memory care.”
About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching and redefining the possibilities of aging. Founded in Boston in 1903, the nonprofit, non-sectarian organization today provides communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.