In Memory of Dr. Davis
Dr. Davis, as he was known to all at Cheshire Home, served with great distinction on our Board of Trustees for two decades, including two terms as Board President. During his time as President, Cheshire constructed its physical and occupational therapy center, expanded its vocational training services, and built its second community Home, Cheshire III in Florham Park.
Cheshire Home is New Jersey's leading provider of unique residential and rehabilitative services to young adults paralyzed by spinal cord injuries or neurological impairments, and the only stand-alone facility of its kind in our state. Licensed as a special care nursing facility with a 35-bed capacity, Cheshire espouses an "Able Not Idle" philosophy, and empowers each individual we serve to attain their highest level of self-sufficiency.
As the former Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Morristown Memorial Hospital, and Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Service at Kessler Rehabilitation, Dr. Davis' professional understanding of our residents' challenges was invaluable. Given his expertise, and his caring approach to each person we served, he provided leadership that was vital to Cheshire Home's success through many years.
Dr. Davis' responsibilities as a trustee extended to his role as a member of the Admissions committee. Along with his fellow members, he was responsible for each resident's admission. Together with the full Board, he supported staff as they provided nursing, personal care, therapy, training and counseling, and residents as they worked with determination toward their goal of independence. It gave him joy to celebrate these efforts and achievements.
While we are a nursing facility at Cheshire Home, we are also a family in our own way, with a deep sense of togetherness. Dr. Davis reflected this sentiment in his long-standing commitment to those in need. He often reminded us not to shy away from the word "exceptional" when it was called for.
We are honored to say that Dr. Davis was an exceptional man, and we will miss him greatly.