NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. --
Donald Duberstein, one of the longest-serving members with almost four decades of service on United Hebrew of New Rochelle board of directors, assumed a new role as chair of the board effective Oct. 29.
Rita Mali, president and chief executive officer of United Hebrew, said that current chair, Michael Rozen will serve as senior chair, succeeding Malcolm Lazarus, who will become board secretary.
“Donald, Malcolm and Michael have been stalwart supporters of United Hebrew for many years, and have played instrumental roles in helping us build an outstanding campus of comprehensive care to serve the region’s aging population,”Mabli said. “We look forward to their continued support as we continue to add vital services to our 7.5-acre campus, including Willow Gardens Assisted Living for people with Alzheimer's and other memory issues, and Meadow Lane, which will provide affordable housing for seniors.”
Duberstein, who joined the board in 1976, called his involvement with United Hebrew “extremely fulfilling” because of its commitment to residents and patients and its extraordinary standards of caregiving.
“United Hebrew has one of the lowest rates of staff turnover in New York State,” he said. “We have many people who have been here for 20, 30, or 40 years. That says a lot about an organization.”
Rosen, a retired real estate executive and resident of Scarsdale, noted that since he joined the board in 2003 and became board chair in 2007, “The way of providing health care has changed tremendously, and we have moved with the times.” “It’s not easily done," he said. "But we have a wonderful board, extraordinary people, and we try to keep abreast of all that’s important in the world of caregiving.”
During his time as chairman, Rozen United Hebrew launched AZOR Licensed Home Health Care, a certified home health agency; Raven Care Associates, a private geriatric care management service; a secure floor catering to those with memory impairment and palliative and hospice care services.
Lazarus, a business owner, said he devotes so much time to United Hebrew because: “We’re doing something that is worthwhile. You get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that you are helping people have a great quality of life in their later years, so they can enjoy life as much as possible.”
Lazarus joined the board in 1982 and has served five times as president, from 1993 through 2007, during which he also served as chair. He is credited with planting the seeds for United Hebrew’s expansion when he formed a planning committee to strengthen the institution in the 1990s.
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