Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center Welcomes Jerry Wahagheghe
We are proud to announce Jerry Wahagheghe, R.N. has joined the world-renowned staff at the Los Angeles Jewish Home as the director of nursing for the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center (JEKMC). In his new position, Jerry manages and directs the JEKMC's nursing department and will explore new and more efficient ways to serve our senior community.
Jerry was born and raised in Indonesia, and at the age of 19 decided to relocate to Southern California where he would make a living helping those in need. Through hard work and dedication, Jerry has found much success in nursing. After beginning his career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and then a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), Jerry has worked in a variety of capacities within the nursing field, including serving as a charge nurse, nursing supervisor, assistant director of nursing, director of nursing services, and director of clinical services. Along with his distinguished work history at several senior healthcare systems, Jerry's educational background includes an Associate of Science in Nursing and training in licensed vocational nursing from Glendale City College as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.
Jerry explains how his past experience has benefitted him in his current position as the director of nursing. "I worked my way up the rungs of the career ladder and, in many ways, my previous professions taught me to respect the duties of each nursing position. Now I am able to better understand the work my team performs on a daily basis and act as a more efficient manager."
JEKMC's CEO-Administrator Ilana Grossman agrees. "Jerry's strong body of knowledge and his unique work experience have positioned him to become a wonderful leader and role model for the staff. In the short period of time he's been here, he has made great effort to get to know everyone. We are extremely happy to have Jerry on our team."
From the moment he came on board as the director of nursing, Jerry set his sights on ambitious goals for the future. He plans to help maintain and even improve the high quality of care the Home provides to its seniors. While Jerry settles in to his new position, he is taking the time to appreciate being part of the Jewish Home team.
"I've only been at the Home for a little over a month, but my first impression is it is a wonderful organization. Everything we do as a staff is patient driven. The Home is incredibly different than anywhere I've ever worked before — I can see a huge difference in the way we serve the community with such warmth. We all truly care for the seniors."