August 2019

Jennings is proud to announce that we have received a Silver Employer of Choice designation through the 2019-2020 LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice Initiative. Jennings was one of only 23 organizations statewide within LeadingAge Ohio’s 400+ members to receive a prestigious Employer of Choice designation. The Jennings team was formally recognized August 27, 2019 at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Jennings team receives state award from LeadingAge Ohio.

“Through LeadingAge Ohio’s Employer of Choice program, members can demonstrate that they strive not just to be residences or providers of choice, but to be employers of choice as well,” said LeadingAge Ohio President & CEO Kathryn Brod. “The Employer of Choice designation recognizes our members that are making strides to distinguish their organizations from competitors on metrics related to employee satisfaction, staffing-related outcomes, and other measures of workplace excellence.”

Jennings employs 520 staff members in Northeast Ohio and provides adult day services, assisted living, independent living, affordable senior housing, long-term nursing care, short-term skilled rehabilitation, home care, hospice and intergenerational child care services to more than 1,500 individuals.  Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings celebrates and nurtures individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.  Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Jennings has been providing faith-based care and services for seniors throughout Northeast Ohio since 1942 and now has locations in Garfield Heights, Brecksville, Chardon, and Shaker Heights. 

“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Denise Smudla, Chief Human Resources Officer. “It is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the leadership and all staff members throughout the organization. We truly have the best staff in the world, and we strive every day to ensure that they know it. We cannot thank them enough.”

Jennings was recognized in part because the organization systematically creates ongoing effectiveness in organizational leadership through habits, policies and practices that build trust in leadership. Criteria also included encouraging workforce engagement, emphasize transparency in operations, communicate effectively with the organization and individuals within it, and ensure leadership continuity and stability. “We serve as a training site for local academic organizations and other area professionals,” explained Mrs. Smudla. “We host visitors wishing to replicate design features, equipment choices, safe movement programs, and workforce development models. We create and promote programs that encourage our staff to grow personally and professionally at Jennings.”

For more information on LeadingAge Ohio’s Employer of Choice program, please visit

Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit organization that represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.

Jennings is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the 11th time that our organization has received the NorthCoast 99 Award. A further distinction for Jennings this year is that we are additionally recognized for a special category: Employee Engagement and Development.

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event in its 21st year that honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. “More than a business award or event, NorthCoast 99 is a yearlong research project ERC established to help employers make a difference in the lives of people working and living in our 22-county region,” noted ERC senior vice president Carrie Morse, who has overseen the program for the last 17 years.

NorthCoast 99 winners participated in a rigorous application process that asked for detailed information on how their organization addresses top-performer attraction, development, and retention in five distinct areas: organizational strategy, policies, and communication; recruitment, selecting, and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and development; and total rewards.

“This particular recognition is a beautiful connection to one of our values, Discovery of Potential,” says Denise Smudla, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Jennings has a strong foundation of strategies to engage and recognize staff, as well as resources to encourage and support staff members to continue growing.” Jennings operates at four Northeast Ohio locations: Jennings’ Garfield Heights campus, Jennings at Brecksville, Notre Dame Village in Chardon, and Library Court Apartments in Shaker Heights.

“We’re thrilled to recognize and celebrate this year’s NorthCoast 99 award winners! With unemployment at a 49-year-low, the benchmarks for attracting, engaging, and retaining employees are higher than ever. Year after year, winning organizations are raising the bar with increasingly progressive and groundbreaking HR practices and benefits that elevate the experience of their employees,” said Kelly Keefe, president of ERC.

The 2019 NorthCoast 99 Awards program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; ERChealth; Gino’s Awards; Maloney + Novotny; Mark Wayner Creative; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; and Ultimate Software.

Founded in 1920, ERC helps organizations make their workplaces great by providing expert people solutions that include training, consulting, research, and HR support services. ERC also sponsors the ERChealth insurance program in Ohio. Additional information about ERC and its services can be found at and

Summer slip and slide fun

Thursday, August 15, 2019

At Jennings, you’re never too old to enjoy the thrill of a slip and slide! Jennings residents celebrated the dog days of summer by cooling off…and checking off an item on their summer bucket lists! As part of our Water Fun day, Jennings staff have modified the slip and slide experience [more…]

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President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women in Nonprofits

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We are honored to announce that Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck has been recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women in Nonprofits. Allison was nominated for her leadership, commitment to mission and values, quality and innovation for older adults and advocacy in local, statewide and national efforts. She is recognized in the [more…]

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