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The Doctor Is In — at Klein JCC

February 6, 2013 By:
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Cut to the chase: From left, Al Taubenberger, Steven Berk, Andre Krug, Ruth Lefton and Stephen B. Klein celebrate the opening of the Klein JCC Wellness Center.

Charlotte Margolit may need a walker to navigate the Klein JCC, but that doesn’t stop her from participating in the numerous exercise and wellness programs that the largest senior center in the City of Phil­­adelphia has to offer. 

Margolit, who declares herself “74 years young and proud of it,” is a regular at the Silver Sneakers aerobics class, which emphasizes muscle strengthening and flexibility — important skills in her continued recovery from back surgery.

A retired executive secretary for the Einstein Healthcare Network, Margolit is excited that her former employer has teamed up with the Klein JCC to open a Wellness Center at the Northeast Philadelphia facility. She was among those who participated in the center’s official grand-op­ening ceremony last week. 

The center, staffed five days a week by nurse practitioner Angela Stewart and two days a week by Dr. Harvey Spector, the lead primary care physician at Einstein Center One, offers a broad range of healthcare and preventative services to the JCC’s older adult members as well as neighborhood residents.

These services, which include physical exams, nutrition education, prescription management, preventative health screen­ings, weekly health, disease and wellness classes and counseling, are an extension of the physical therapy, aquatic therapy and balance screenings currently offered by professionals at MossRehab, a member of the Einstein Healthcare Network.

Sue Aistrop, Klein’s Wellness Center director, views the partnership with Einstein as another “wonderful resource in Klein’s quest to enable our seniors to age well and continue to live independently for as long as possible.” 

She credits Ruth Lefton, chief operating officer for MossRehab and Einstein Medical Center in Elkins Park, and Stephen B. Klein, chairman of the board of the Klein JCC, for laying the groundwork for this joint venture more than a year ago.

Steven Berk, chairman of the Einstein Healthcare Network’s board of trustees and board of overseers, sees a “bashert factor” in the relationship between the two agencies that share strong Jewish roots and a common commitment to enhancing the lives of all community residents. 

Berk explains that Einstein was founded in 1864 as the Jewish Hospital for the Aged, Infirmed and Destitute and was an important institution in the history of the Jews in Philadelphia.

“Then and now, Einstein remains true to its mission of serving the Jewish community while providing comprehensive medical and health care programming to our community’s most vulnerable,” he avers.

Andre Krug, Klein’s president and CEO, told the packed crowd at the center that he sees the positive impact of this programming on the lives of the 4,000 older adults who belong to the Klein Center.

“In my native Ukraine, medical care for older adults was poor and it detracted from their quality of life,” he said, adding, “it is gratifying to see our seniors living richer and fuller lives thanks to their participation in our health and wellness programs.”

Krug shared his belief that the Wellness Center will enable Klein to realize a yasher koach — going from strength to strength in its delivering quality health and wellness services in the months and years ahead.

To schedule an appointment at the Wellness Center at Klein, call 215-969-7870.

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