When we think back on United Hebrew’s 102-year-old history, few people have left a legacy like Michael Rozen. He was one of our greatest champions and he dedicated countless volunteer hours to further our mission. He helped make possible access to expert and compassionate care for thousands of people, no matter their age or stage in life. When we lost Michael last year, we lost a principled leader and a treasured friend.
Michael joined our board of directors in 2003 and became board chair in 2007. A retired real estate executive, he was an astute businessman; his keen observations and deep experience helped to drive our organization forward. He recognized that healthcare was evolving and he encouraged United Hebrew to expand its services.
“The way of providing health care has changed tremendously, yet we have moved with the times,” he said while serving as board chairman. “It’s not easily done. But we have a wonderful board, who are extraordinary people, a dedicated staff and we try to keep abreast of all that’s important in the world of caregiving.”
During his tenure as board chair, we opened our state-of-the-art Skalet Pavilion, offering skilled nursing and rehabilitation services with all private rooms, completed renovations on our Kramer Pavilion, and created the Nightingale neighborhood, a secure floor in our nursing home catering to those with memory impairment.
We also developed palliative and hospice care services, launched our certified home health agency and built and opened Willow Gardens Memory Care, Westchester’s first assisted living facility dedicated to caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. United Hebrew was rebranded as the modern healthcare organization and campus of services it is today.
Michael and his family foundation have been leading donors in support of all we do. He underwrote the entertainment at our annual gala each year, creating a festive atmosphere which both celebrated our work and encouraged attendees to support the seniors in our care. He had a passion for golf and served as a major benefactor of our annual golf fundraising tournament, where he relished playing with friends and colleagues. His enthusiasm for our vibrant senior community showed in so many ways.
Michael’s presence is felt each time we host an activity, community gathering, or special celebration in the Rozen Generations Room in our nursing home, where a beautiful plaque is placed in remembrance to honor his legacy.
Michael Rozen possessed an amazing spirit. We will remember him as a generous benefactor; a devoted father, husband, and grandfather; an esteemed colleague and beloved friend. His legacy of philanthropy and helping those in need will impact generations of United Hebrew residents well into the future.