Chef Mohamed TarawnehRetirement Unlimited (RUI) has promoted Chef Mohamed Tarawneh to vice president of culinary experience and operations for the family-owned and Virginia-based Senior Living Community management company.

In his new position, Tarawneh oversees the fine dining experience for all RUI communities, ensuring the executive chefs meet and exceed the culinary expectations of the residents and guests whether in the restaurant-style dining room or through catering services.

“Under Chef Mohamed’s direction, the fine-dining experience has been taken to the next level at all of our communities,” said Doris-Ellie Sullivan, president of RUI. “In his time with RUI, he has already made significant strides toward the implementation of an innovative approach to setting the stage for a customized dining experience. We look forward to what he will bring to the ‘table’ next.”

Tarawneh brings 15 years of culinary expertise to RUI with a comprehensive knowledge of international cuisine. He started his RUI career at Heatherwood Community in 2012. In 2017, he was promoted to senior executive chef and in 2018 to corporate director of culinary experience.

In addition to serving the residents daily, Tarawneh extended the culinary experience to bistro offerings and catering services to the residents, families, and local organizations. In 2019, he placed first in the prestigious Senior Dining Association’s 2019 Culinary Showdown. In 2020, he will be adding a wine club and other specialty programs to continue the culinary experience for RUI’s residents, families, team members, and communities served.

“I aspire to create a menu that redefines the art of fine dining at our communities,” said Chef Mohamed. “It’s refreshing and exciting to be a part of a company where my culinary aspirations are in line with their goals and expectations.”

ISL Ventures, in collaboration with Integral Senior Living (ISL), Charles Hall Construction, Leading Light Development and Construction Consulting, and Pi Architects, is building Mount Prospect Senior Living, Mount Prospect, Ill., in the heart of the Village of Mount Prospect.

Mount Prospect Senior Living will be the first and only assisted living and memory care community in the Village of Mount Prospect. The community will offer 100 well-appointed, studio and one- and two-bedroom suites, with both assisted living and memory care options.  

Mount Prospect Senior Living is thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed so that residents can safely and comfortably age in place. The community features a variety of amenities designed to promote an engaging, vibrant, active, healthy, and social lifestyle among all residents, and will include formal and casual dining spaces, a bistro, salon and spa, courtyards, outdoor spaces with walking paths and gardening, dog park, gym, and theater.

Mount Prospect Senior Living will be a leader in implementing the most current health and safety practices to ensure that residents, associates, and guests flourish in an exceptional environment.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring this community and all of its first-class services to the seniors in Mount Prospect and surrounding areas that will allow them to continue to be close to friends and family,” said Sue Farrow, founder and owner of ISL.

David NaceDavid Nace, MD, MPH, CMD, is representing AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine on the administration’s new commission for safety and quality in nursing facilities. He serves as president of the Society’s Board of Directors.

The commission was created to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing facility response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes leading industry experts, clinicians, medical ethicists, administrators, academicians, infection control and prevention professionals, state and local authorities, residents, families, resident/patient advocates, and other experts.

Nace is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC). He serves as the director of long term care and flu programs for the school and as chief of medical affairs for UPMC senior communities. He leads and collaborates on a variety of studies on adverse drug events, safety culture, antibiotic resistance, vaccine effectiveness, and quality assessment and improvement.

“The main goal of this new commission is something AMDA has always focused on. It has now gained white-hot attention and importance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Nace’s wide-ranging clinical and research experience, in addition to his role as the Society’s current president, make him a perfect choice to be a part of this group.

“We are very pleased to have his strong voice for PALTC clinical leadership and expertise represent us on this commission,” says AMDA Executive Director Christopher Laxton, CAE.