Rabbi Devorah Jacobson
Director of Spiritual Life
Named to the Jewish Daily Forward’s 2016 list of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, Rabbi Jacobson has led JGS Lifecare’s spiritual services for 15 years. She is trained as a multi-faith chaplain, certified by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), which requires that the individual demonstrate outstanding abilities in the area of multi-faith pastoral care and meet the standards of professional competence as established by the NAJC. This is the highest professional standard given in the chaplaincy field, providing specialized training in the area of healthcare chaplaincy. “Rabbi Jacobson commits herself fully to everyone her life touches, whether in times of joy or difficulty. Her capacity for empathy, along with her wise counsel, set an example of exemplary care and helps fulfill our overall mission to provide both physical and spiritual care at JGS Lifecare,” said Martin Baicker, president and CEO. In addition to her many roles at JGS Lifecare, Rabbi Jacobson is also part of the faculty for the Florence Melton School in both Springfield and Northampton programs.
Our employees love being with us as much as we love working with them. Take a look at what some of our staff members have to say:
Sheila Hayes, CNA, Staffing CoordinatorJGS Lifecare
“I’ve been at JGS for 15 years. I like it here because the staff treats each other like family members and that includes the residents. I see it all the time, CNAs and nurses treat the residents the same as they would their own mother or father. This attitude is throughout the campus. Every department works together as a team – engineering, activities, dietary, everyone. You can see it in the care. You can also see it on the faces of the employees and residents. You can see the pride in the work that we do and it shows through out the building.”
Wendy Donovan, RN, Hospice NurseSpectrum Home Health & Hospice Care
“I have worked in healthcare for quite awhile. At Spectrum there is a special feeling. It is particularly poignant when caring for a dying patient – you can see how much it matters to the nursing home staff, they pitch in. There is a tremendous degree of participation from volunteers and family members; it is another level of care that our patients receive. Working with hospice has been a new experience in my nursing career. The exciting piece has been the opportunity to work in a new, growing hospice. Being part of this development is empowering. I feel I matter. I get that feeling from my colleagues, administration, others at Spectrum and throughout JGS Lifecare.”