Ratnaparkhi Joins Eliza Jennings

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2013
News Release

Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org

Joins Eliza Jennings as Executive Director of
Cleveland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Services Community

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized and trusted expert in aging services, announced that Basabi  R. Ratnaparkhi, Ph.D., LNHA, has joined the organization’s operations team as executive director of its Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Services community on the organization’s Health Campus on Cleveland’s West Side.

Dr. Ratnaparkhi is a gerontologist and licensed nursing home administrator and has worked in eldercare and long-term care for 27 years. “Basabi is an accomplished public speaker and educator in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s/dementia care management,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Deborah Lewis Hiller. “Her passion for advocacy on behalf of older adults and leadership experience will support the continued expansion of innovative services for which Eliza Jennings is recognized.”

Dr. Ratnaparkhi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India; a Master of Arts degree in History and South Asian studies from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; a Master of Education degree in Foundations of Education/Multicultural Education from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; and holds a doctorate degree in Education & Gerontology from the University of Connecticut.

She is on the Board of the Lorain County Volunteer Guardianship Program, a program of the Elder Pillar of the Lutheran Metro Ministry, and has facilitated a support group for caregivers for the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in her hometown of Amherst for 23 years. Dr. Ratnaparkhi received a 2009 Woman of Compassion Award from the Community Foundation of Lorain County and Lorain County Community College.

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About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization with 125 years of providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side, is the first aging services network to offer SAIDO Learning TM, a non-pharmaceutical intervention that is proven to reverse and prevent memory loss among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  The Network manages Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; Eliza Jennings Retirement Campus at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township; Eliza Jennings Assisted Living Community at Devon Oaks in Westlake; and Eliza Jennings Adult Day Center at Acacia Place in Cleveland.  In addition, Eliza Jennings Home and Community-based Services provides a full range of services including in-home therapy, skilled home health care, and clinic services. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.


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