Fun, warm & good-hearted people is what you will hear when you ask about the staff at Friedwald. Our staff consists of the best and warmest in their fields. Our priority is always the patient; making sure he/she is not just comfortable, but pampered in every way. From our Director of Nursing to our activities director to our gourmet chefs, our team approach really stands out. We go to great lengths to guarantee your comfort and satisfaction.
Our mission is to attain and maintain the highest level of trust and confidence...
Our mission is to attain and maintain the highest level of trust and confidence in both our staff and services, by residents, family members, regulatory agencies and the community.
Friedwald Center is committed to each resident’s to deliver the highest level of care through nursing, medicine, rehabilitation and all available means.
Our continual pursuit of innovative, improved services, selection of qualified personnel and the provision of progressive staff training to educate our staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve excellence.
We know that responsibility and accountability are inseparable qualities of an efficient and effective organization.
To this end, conducting ongoing quality assurance monitoring, as a means to measure staff having met their responsibilities and of giving accountability to the public, is integral to our mission.
Working in partnership with residents and their families is our commitment. We respect and celebrate the value and importance of family, regardless of the duration of time that a resident is with us. Friedwald Center’s staff promotes and celebrates the spirit and value of family. We are honored to serve as family surrogates.Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff
Steve's genuine warmth and compassion is evident in every interaction, and his infectious smile is contagious and sincere. He provides the perfect balance while managing his staff between meticulous oversight of protocol and systems, as well as unwavering encouragement and support. Family members rave about his first-hand knowledge of each resident and what is important to them.
Steve possesses a Master’s degree in social work from Wurzweiler, and utilizes his interpersonal skills and caring personality in his daily work. His open door policy is appreciated, and he always is approachable and available to problem- solve, brainstorm and find solid solutions. He stresses the essential nature of every single employee, no matter what their job description and their assigned tasks.
Steve would do anything for the occupants of FWC and takes great pride in the wonderful accomplishments and successes that occur day in and day out throughout the Center, including dialysis and adult day health care.
Nachman’s got it covered. He is dedicated to ensuring that each and every Resident and staff member at Friedwald has what they need to succeed.
A graduate of Brooklyn College, Michele went on to get her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Lehman’s College. Michele’s ability to empathize and understand the unique needs of the Geriatric population ensure that in addition to meeting each individual’s nutritional needs, every resident feels cared for and understood.
Dr. Ferrara monitors the quality and appropriateness of the medical care provided at Friedwald. Her supervision and regulation of all facets that affect the standard of care provided enable Friedwald to stand proud as a flagship facility exemplifying excellence in rehabilitative and long term care.
Dr. Ferrara’s personal resilience, integrity, honesty, and her ability to communicate effectively with staff and Residents alike, ensure that our high standard of medical care is effectively implemented and consistently maintained.
After graduating UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscatatway NJ, and completing her Residency in UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, Dr. Ferrara began practicing Internal Medicine in 1993 here in Rockland County.
Dr. Ferrara currently practices at Bon Secours-Rockland Pulmonary and Medical Center, with offices in West Nyack, Orangeburg, and Suffern.
She is an Attending Physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY.
She has been happily married to her husband Joseph for over twenty five years, and they have three lovely children, and an awesome rescue dog named Becky.
Lori credits her parents for instilling in her a deep respect and appreciation for people from all walks of life. Her PhD Dad and Dietician Mom empowered her to embrace a philosophy of caring and acceptance.
Lori works with an outstanding team of Social Workers and Psychologists to coordinate a smooth and successful transition for short term Residents to return to life at home in their communities. She helps simplify the navigation and decision making process from arrival to discharge.
Lori approaches each day of her six day work week with a smile and positivity that comes from loving and excelling at what she does.
Joining Friedwald’s esteemed social services team in 2013, Gillian infused the department with her natural love and caring for the elderly population.
Her dedication to the Resident’s keep her here long hours, but Gillian still manages to squeeze in workouts, reading, and time for her family and friends.
With her exceptional caring, compassion, and warmth, coupled with her professionalism and devotion to each and every resident’s needs, not a day (or hour) goes by that Pearl is not called upon for her expertise.
With her wisdom and keen perception, Pearl has the innate ability to make every Resident feel like Friedwald is their “Home Away From Home”.
With her BA in SW from Hunter’s College, and her Master’s in Linguistics and proficiency in seven languages, Pearl understands the needs of every Resident and “speaks their language”.
Mary’s clinical experience and expertise, as well as her devotion to the ESRD patients in our care, allow us to provide lifesaving treatments in a therapeutic and comforting environment to our inpatient and outpatient Dialysis recipients. Whether it’s excellent education, vital family support, clinical expertise, or maintaining a Spa-like environment, Mary utilizes over twenty five years of Nephrology and nursing experience to provide quality care to ESRD patients with sensitivity and compassion. A graduate of St. Xavier University of Chicago, Mary’s forty year career includes both Medical Surgical Acute Care, and is rich in Nephrology experience. Mary and her outstanding team of clinicians, social worker, and dietician, provide each Dialysis patient with the attention and care that enable them to have tranquil and comforting treatments, and an improved quality of life experience.
Minal is responsible for the smooth day-to-day operation of Friedwald’s busy rehab department. She works closely with therapists as well as other departments to maximize every patient’s rehab potential based on their clinical needs. She is a hands-on therapist and excels at addressing patients and families needs.
With her passion for numbers, her problem solving capabilities, and her precision, Miriam comes with the expertise of forty plus years in the industry.
The Friedman family will go the extra mile in importing the talent and quality that serves to maintain their stellar reputation in the industry.
And Miriam Ungar certainly goes the extra mile in upholding that standard.
For the past eighteen years, Gisela has been working with the elderly population in the health care field. She joined Friedwald in 2013 as our Director of Recreation. Utilizing recreation and activity based interventions as a medium to address the needs of individuals with illness and disability has enabled Gisela to forge meaningful connections and enhanced the quality of life of our Residents at Friedwald. Gisela encourages individual creativity, and cultivates a sense of accomplishment in the beautiful projects that our Residents proudly display.
Whether baking, singing, crafting, or partying, Gisela keeps spirits soaring and the positive energy flowing through the halls of Friedwald Center.
She joined Adult Day Health Care in 2015 as an RN after several years of experience as a visiting nurse and DON in various adult group homes.
Soon after joining, Hannah moved up to the Director’s position. With her exceptional sensitivity and dedication to person centered care, Hannah has enabled Friedwald Adult Day Healthcare Program to be a model of excellence in providing the highest standard of medical and social support to adults in the community.
The many satisfied participants all attest to the newfound quality of life, and broad range of medical and emotional support this program has provided for them. Blimy credits her mother, a longtime activist and volunteer for the elderly, for planting the seed and instilling in her young heart a passion for community service. Blimy combines her business expertise with her compassionate care, and the result is Summit Adult Day Healthcare, a place to call home for many of our vulnerable community members.
David’s decades of experience in level one trauma centers, and stellar reputation as a volunteer Paramedic for Hatzoloh EMS, has earned him the trust and admiration of our Residents and their family members. In his spare time, David volunteers as a Paramedic, flying critically ill patients all over the world. His expertise in critical care, together with his approachable and friendly manner, make him an integral member of the medical management team at Friedwald.
David ensures that no aspect of care is overlooked. He exudes compassion and care that’s “a breath of fresh air” to the Friedwald respiratory patients to whom he is so dedicated.