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Donald Berman Maimonides and Jewish Eldercare Centre get the Gold!
Donald Berman Maimonides and Jewish Eldercare Centre are the first long-term care centres in North America to receive gold designation - the highest level of designation from Planetree - an international organization focused on resident-centred health care. Learn More...

Time for Accreditation at Donald Berman Maimonides
The accreditation process at DBM is just weeks away. The centre will be welcoming Accreditation Canada visitors Scott Hebert and Elaine MacAlister on October 1st through the 4th.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides healthcare organizations with an external peer review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of excellence.

During the last accreditation process in 2009, Maimonides received glowing results from Accreditation Canada.  We were the first organization to meet all Required Organizational Practices (ROPs) and were called “the leader in raising the bar”.  In our ongoing quest to improve excellence, we strive for even better results in 2012.

View pictures from Art Therapy's Fun Family Portrait Day
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Lucie Tremblay, Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, was recently named the best nurse in Canada by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). Ms. Tremblay was presented with the prestigious Nursing Leadership Award at the 2011 National Awards Gala in Whistler, British Columbia, on June 5, 2011. The award is given to a nurse at the director or vice-president level who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to quality and leadership in nursing. Learn More...

Lucie Tremblay is honored by the mayor of Laval

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CTV News (originally aired Saturday July 9th, 2011, 6PM)
Radio-Canada Interview (October 10, 2011)

AQESSS Awards Barbra Gold
Barbra Gold, Executive Director of Donald Berman Maimonides received a prestigious award from the Quebec association of health and social service establishments (AQESSS) on May 13th. Ms. Gold received the award given to an Executive Director demonstrating exceptional leadership. The award was announced on Ms. Gold's 20-year anniversary as Executive Director. Learn More...

Maimonides Changes Name to Honour Transformative Gift
Maimonides Geriatric Centre has received a very generous gift from the Donald Berman Foundation in honour of the 10th anniversary of Mr. Berman's passing. In recognition of this transformative gift, Maimonides Geriatric Centre will become the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. The funds will allow the Centre to continue to provide More than Care for the residents and to improve and innovate the physical space.

Donald Berman came from humble beginnings. Through great persistence and determination he grew an enterprise from a single souvenir stand at Expo 67 to a conglomerate of companies including amusement rides and games at La Ronde, a plush toy manufacturing facility in Old Montreal and a successful import/export business. Generous to those struggling and less fortunate, he supported many worthwhile causes during his lifetime. Learn More...

a Hearing Aid Reference Guide for Quebec Caregivers
Audioprothésistes and Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre Launch a Hearing Aid Reference Guide for Quebec Caregivers. Carrying out a mandate to protect the public and to ensure the quality of professional services provided by hearing-aid acousticians, the Ordre des Audioprothésistes du Québec is proud to support a program aimed at maximizing the proper use of hearing aids. Learn More... 


Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre was presented with the 2010 Laura Gilpin Spirit of Kindness Award, recognizing its extraordinary work in caring for its caregivers. In conjunction with the 2010 Planetree Annual Conference held in October, in Denver, Colorado; the award was presented by Planetree President Susan B. Frampton at a special ceremony attended by Planetree members from across the globe.

Founded in 1978 by a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic healthcare experience, Planetree is an internationally-recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-centered approaches to care. Planetree has been at the forefront of the effort to personalize, humanize, and demystify the healthcare system for more than 30 years. With its model of patient-centered care being implemented in a diverse range of hospitals, continuing care facilities, outpatient clinics, and consumer health libraries across North America, Brazil, The Netherlands and Japan, Planetree is demonstrating that patient-centered care is not only an empowering philosophy, but a viable, vital, and cost-effective model of care.

As a Planetree affiliate, Maimonides is committing to the Planetree philosophy and implementing this model of patient-centered care. Guided by the model's 10 core components, Maimonides is implementing initiatives and practices designed to enhance the resident experience while also supporting the professional and personal aspirations of their staff.

“The Laura Gilpin Spirit of Kindness Award is a testament to Maimonides’ commitment to our staff.  Caring for the caregivers not only benefits the staff at Maimonides, but also positions them well to provide the best possible care to our residents” said Barbra Gold, Maimonides’ Executive Director.


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In October 2009, a team of surveyors from Accreditation Canada met with the Maimonides community partners, board members, staff, volunteers, residents and family members in order to assess the standards of quality and safety at our Centre.

Garnering high praise for the quality of care given to its residents, Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre subsequently received incredible feedback during the general debriefing session.

Surveyors Gayle Campbell and Steven Campbell each said they would be proud to work at Maimonides, and had trouble narrowing our achievements down to just a few – but they pointed to the success of the Suite Dreams capital renovation campaign, our research program, Art for Healing and Planetree as examples of excellence at Maimonides.

Maimonides has been granted full accreditation status by Accreditation Canada.

Following through on its stated commitment of Working Together for a Safer Environment, a new safety booklet was recently introduced at Maimonides for all staff, family members of residents, and visitors to the Centre. The new booklet covers a range of topics including what to do if you see a resident fall, how to prevent and control infection, and how to deal with wandering residents. To download a copy, click here.


Maimondes picked up two of the top awards at the annual Planetree conference held recently in Baltimore, Maryland. We were awarded the 2009 SPIRIT OF PLANETREE CONTINUING CARE PROGRAM AWARD for our presentation on Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration and the 2009 PLANETREE ANNUAL VIDEO AWARD for our submission The Hi-lites of Planetree Month 2009.

Photo: Maimonides Director of Nursing and Clinical Services Lucie Tremblay holding the 2009 Spirit of Planetree Continuing Care Program Award, accompanied by team members  (from l. to r.) Georgia Graphos, Susan Cliff, Paula Levinson, Silvana Mauro


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