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Jewish Geriatric Service celebrates 100 years of service

April 16, 2012
LONGMEADOW — Over the past 100 years, Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS100) has established itself as a trusted, not-for-profit, healthcare resource for people of all faiths; touching and improving the lives of families and individuals since 1912. To celebrate its centennial year, JGS100 is presenting a series of events to recognize its achievements while renewing its commitment to provide compassionate healthcare to the greater Springfield community.
"Of course we are gathering to celebrate 100 years of great accomplishments, but these events are also a perfect way to bring people to our campus to educate them in all that we offer — a full continuum of services delivered with compassion and commitment to excellence. We also believe these events are a way to recognize our loyal volunteers and engage new volunteers," JGS Chairman Martha Finkel Ceppetelli said.
According to Stephen Krevalin, chairman of the JGS100 committee, the centennial year will also focus on examining the future of healthcare and how to best serve the greater Springfield area. "We need to do things to insure that we will be the premier healthcare agency for our elderly and infirm for the next 100 years," he said.
"The board and the JGS community is 100 percent behind that concept. They have committed to creating a plan to meet our mission for generations to come," Krevalin added.
The public is invited to join JGS at the following events:
  • April: JGS100 Launch and Candle Lighting
    The public is invited to join JGS100 for the launch of its centennial year with a community candle lighting celebration at JGS on April 17 at 7 p.m. This special event will kick off the first cluster of celebratory candles that will reach 100 by the close of the year, honoring 100 years of caring for our community's elderly and those that made it possible.
  • June: Aging Is Changing Health Care Symposium
    The event series continues with the "Aging Is Changing" health care symposium and annual research day, to take place at the JGS on June 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. This special event is designed for families, friends, caregivers and professionals who work with seniors. This symposium will have medical presentations, seminars and informational resources and is open to the public.
  • October: The Next Century Of Service Presentation
    The Centennial Year will also focus on how JGS plans to best serve the greater Springfield community in the years ahead. The public is invited to join JGS for a special presentation entitled, "Sharing a Vision For The Future — The Next Century of Service." This event, which will take place on Oct. 14 at JGS, will reveal for the first time publicly the proposed conceptual plans and renderings for the Next Century of Service at JGS. Participate in the lighting of the third cluster of celebratory candles in honor of JGS sister Jewish organizations and interfaith clergy.
  • November: JGS100 Gala Celebration
To end its centennial year celebrations, JGS will host an exciting JGS100 Gala Celebration on Nov. 3 at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. This promises to be an evening of exciting food and good friends, live music and entertainment. Watch as JGS lights its last cluster of candles to reach 100.
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