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Encompass Health of Toms River partners with Bikur Cholim of Lakewood to open kosher food pantry

Toms River opens food pantryTOMS RIVER, N.J., Oct. 24, 2022 – Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River has partnered with Bikur Cholim of Lakewood to open an in-hospital kosher pantry, including kosher meals, snacks, and prayer service items, to serve the ongoing needs of patients. In partnership with local Jewish faith organizations, Encompass Health of Toms River offers trainings to educate staff on the unique elements of the Jewish faith and shared advice for being culturally welcoming and sensitive to patients’ needs and preferences.

Encompass Health of Toms River recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new kosher pantry, which was led by Rabbi Yehudah Kaszirer and included leaders from Towne Nursing and other community leaders.

Rabbi Kaszirer shared, “We are honored to team up with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River to ensure that the community feels embraced and has access to the basic Jewish necessities. The process of healing is always more successful when one’s cultural needs are being met as well. Bikur Cholim is always here to support Encompass Health in the amazing work that they do.”

“Having access to kosher food is especially important to the Jewish community, particularly during Sabbath. Our hospital recognized these needs and has been supported by Bikur Cholim to help provide food and supplies, such as battery operated candles and prayer books, all of which are essential to this community,” said Meghan Miick, Quality and Risk Coordinator for Encompass Health of Toms River. “It is important that our patients and their family members focus on their rehabilitation, and we hope this space provides comfort to our Jewish community aiding in their ability to heal.”

Encompass Health is dedicated to creating a culture where differences are valued through the company’s national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program. The focus of Encompass Health’s DEI program includes four strategic areas: workforce, patient experience, supplier diversity and community partnerships. Anchored in accountability and a culture of respect for all, Encompass Health’s National DEI Council develops and executes initiatives to progress each of these areas.

“As a company with a diverse workforce, serving a diverse patient population, we have the opportunity to set a standard in the way we engage with one another, displaying empathy and compassion that creates an inclusive environment for all individuals,” said Josette Myers, CEO of Encompass Health of Toms River. “Incorporating diversity into healthcare practices is crucial, especially when it comes to serving patients of varying ethnic backgrounds and beliefs. Our hospital culture is strengthened when we understand our patient’s unique needs and preferences and can provide training and resources to accommodate those needs.”

About Encompass Health
Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is the largest owner and operator of rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. With a national footprint that includes 153 hospitals in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company provides high-quality, compassionate rehabilitative care for patients recovering from a major injury or illness, using advanced technology and innovative treatments to maximize recovery. Encompass Health is ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For and Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, visit, or follow us on our newsroom, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.