Starting with an endowment by philanthropist Caroline Kline Galland upon her death in 1905, Kline Galland has been providing senior services in the Seattle area for over a century. This legacy of giving and service to the elderly Jewish community continues to the present day. The following timeline offers a closer look at the establishment, changes, and achievements of the organization in that time.
Caroline Kline Galland
- Caroline Kline Galland passes away; her last will and testament gifted the community with an endowment to build a home for the aged, to be constructed and managed to bring residents happiness and satisfaction with life during their aging process.
- One-million dollar bequest was established under The Seattle Trust and Savings Bank.
- Final deeds were signed for the Wildwood Property in Seward Park for $22,500. This first home had a capacity of 7 people.
- A new facility, which would accommodate 25 residents, was dedicated.
- A second wing was constructed; sun porches were enclosed with glass and further remodeling was completed.
- Resident capacity was increased to 35 residents. Art Farber became Executive Director and changed the philosophy of the Home from custodial care to a broader concept of services; social work, group work, 24-hour professional nursing services, psychiatric consultation, and a panel of doctors was initiated.
- Sol Frankel became Executive Director.
- Bernie Rakow became Executive Director. $1.1 million was raised under the direction of Sol Esfeld, and a new building was dedicated with a capacity of 75 people. The Board of Directors expanded to 15 members, representing appointees from all local synagogues and temples.
- Josh Gortler became Executive Director.
- The Caroline Kline Galland Home was incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization with a new independent governing Board of 27 members elected by members of the community.
- $3.6 million was raised, again under the direction of Sol Esfeld, and 70-bed addition was completed.
- In cooperation with the City of Seattle on Aging, the Home began the first SPICE program (a federally sponsored nutrition program) to be located in a nursing home. 75 people enjoy a hot Kosher lunch once a week for a nominal cost.
- The Polack Adult Day Center, through an endowment program of the Morris Polack Family, was opened three days a week in response to the social needs of the community elderly and the respite needs of their families.
- The Kline Galland Center and the Polack Adult Day Center were independently incorporated.
- Kosher Meals-on-Wheels was initiated, serving 900 meals monthly.
- The Schoenfeld-Gardner Atrium was dedicated.
- The West Building was remodeled.
- Deed to the Kline Galland Home property was transferred from Key Corp. (formerly Seattle Trust & Savings) to the Home.
- Under the leadership of Raymond Galante and Arva Gray, a $15 million Community Capital Campaign was successful.
- Through the very generous bequest of David and Jennie Litvin, a state-of-the-art, 60-bed addition with supporting areas was dedicated.
- The Summit at First Hill, a senior retirement and assisted living community, was opened.
- The SummitCare Program was launched.
- The West Wing of the Kline Galland Home was remodeled.
- Jeff Cohen is appointed Chief Executive Officer.
- The Kline Galland Center Foundation, with Joshua H. Gortler as President, is created to help secure the financial future of the Caroline Kline Galland Home and evolving health care services.
- Joshua H. Gortler is named Mentor of the Year by LeadingAge — the over 6,000 member organization that recognizes the driving forces worldwide who are transforming services for the aging.
- Short-term Rehabilitation Unit is expanded to 33 beds and moved to the first floor.
- Out-patient Rehabilitation Unit is opened.
- Second short-term Rehabilitation Unit opens at Home, capacity is expanded to 65 beds making it the largest rehab unit in Washington state.
- Hospice is initiated, the first Jewish service of its kind anywhere in the Pacific NW.
- Included in U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “Best Nursing Homes.”
- Renovation is completed on the Home’s lobby and nursing stations, air-conditioning is added throughout and resident rooms are updated.
- Home Health Service is initiated.
- Homecare is offered as a service to the community.
- Jeff Cohen is appointed Chief Executive Officer.
- Kosher Meals-on-Wheels now provides over 900 meals monthly in response to the evolving culturally-relevant needs of seniors.
- In addition to launching Palliative Care, Kline Galland commences Medicare-certified Home Health Agency serving community members throughout King County.
- Kline Galland consolidates Kline Galland Hospice, Kline Galland Home Health and Kline Galland Home Care under the single umbrella of Kline Galland Community Based Services.
- The 2014 budget is $37 million — supported through private cost of care, Medicare, Medicaid, the Kline Galland Trust and grants from the Kline Galland Center Foundation which is supported through community contributions.
- The Caroline Kline Galland Home serves 205 residents; average age is 87, the oldest being 101.
- The Summit at First Hill has 140 residents; average age is 85, the oldest being 105.
- The Polack Adult Day Center serves 50 older Jewish adults who benefit from social interaction and/or cannot be left alone during the day. The Center helps delay out-of-home placement by providing stimulation, friendship and professional care while allowing needed respite for caregivers.
- A total staff of 500 is employed.
- Over 2,000 people are now served each year as the The Kline Galland Center continues evolving services in response to the quality-of-life desires and quality-of-care needs of today’s seniors.
- Kline Galland celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
- Hired Simon Amiel to be new Chief Development Officer.
- Took care of more people inside of their homes than in our bricks and mortar facilities.
- The Kline Galland Organization has over 750 employees.
- Annual budget surpassed 50 million dollars.