Deborah Lewis Hiller, longtime President and CEO at Eliza Jennings, passed away on Monday, September 29th, 2014. Ms. Hiller had been in recovery following treatment for a brain tumor, and recently suffered a setback that led to her hospitalization.
Deb will be remembered by many as a passionate advocate for older adults, as well as a mentor and role model for those committed to their service. She became involved with the senior living industry in 1983, when she joined the Board of Trustees of Eliza Jennings’ Skilled Nursing community in Cleveland, Ohio. Deb held the title of President and CEO of Eliza Jennings for more than 20 years. During her tenure, Eliza Jennings has grown to become one of Greater Cleveland’s largest not-for-profit organizations serving older adults and a nationally recognized expert in the full spectrum of aging services. Guided by her dynamic leadership, Eliza Jennings became a leader in the culture change movement, specialized memory support services, and expanded home and community-based services for our most frail, low income older adult population. A visionary committed to person-centered care and innovation in aging services, Deb was responsible for developing a relationship with Kumon Institute of Education in Japan that led to the first U.S. trial and the subsequent local and national implementation of SAIDO Learning, the breakthrough non-pharmacological treatment for dementia.
A wake will be held Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Barry & Martens and Sons Funeral Home, 26691 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave in Cleveland, Ohio.