December 15, 2022

Message from Rob Whitten, President of JGS Lifecare

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Dear Residents and Families,

As the new year rapidly approaches, I would like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. The month of December is always a very busy month at JGS with programs and events. Two of those include a special resident trip to Bright Nights at Forest Park as well as honoring the recipients of the Molly Neigher Presidents Awards.

The Molly Neigher Staff Recognition Awards began in 2014 in honor of a very special friend and supporter of JGS, Molly Neigher. Molly was a longtime volunteer at JGS Lifecare and exemplified the characteristics that we honor today in our staff: dedication, caring, compassion, and giving. Continuing a long tradition of recognizing and celebrating the dedication and accomplishments of our staff, these awards, formerly known as our President’s Awards, are given annually to one Clinical and one Non-Clinical staff person. The recipients are chosen based upon their exemplary care and service to our residents and clients, fulfilling the Jewish Tradition of honoring our elders. The awards recognize those individuals who consistently display efforts “beyond the call of duty” in one or more of the following categories:

  • Customer Service: Provides customer service above and beyond our standard of excellence
  • Quality: Strives for excellence in every task, no matter how large or small
  • Positive Attitude: Exhibits friendly, compassionate behavior.
  • Team Player: Goes outside parameters of one’s own job to assist other.

Notably, this year’s winners have a combined 51 years of service at JGS Lifecare. That said, I am thrilled to announce that Jessica Brown and Michele Adkin have received the awards this year. I know we all feel fortunate to know them and work with them, day in and day out.

Jessica Brown, a Certified Nursing Assistant who has been a staple in our community for 29 years, displays kindness, a strong work ethic and outstanding leadership skills. She cares for our residents and  truly exemplifies the term “Healthcare Hero.”

Michele Adkins, who is likely the first person you meet when entering JNH, has been with the organization for 21 years. Throughout this time, she has worn many hats as a CNA, Central Supply Coordinator, Payroll Coordinator and now our Lead Receptionist. It is well known around the building that if you find yourself in need or have a question, you call Michele and she will always assist with a smile on her face.

Please feel free to congratulate both Jess and Michele. I am very proud of them.

Looking forward to my next letter, which will be in 2023. Best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year!

Warm regards,


Rob Witten
JGS Lifecare