Photo: The Rubin AL Building at Handmaker in Tucson
Handmaker, a senior community that offers independent and assisted living and skilled nursing, opened nearly 60 years ago thanks to a husband’s promise to his dying wife.
Isador “Murf” Handmaker was one of the founders of the skilled nursing facility, which opened as a community-supported nonprofit with the help of what is today the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
But its roots go back to the 1950s when Murf’s wife, Mae, who was dying of cancer, asked her husband to build a Jewish senior nursing care facility that would be open to all faiths in Tucson. It took several years, with the facility opening in 1963.
In January, Handmaker, at 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., was sold to MED Healthcare Partners, the operator of more than 100 nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in the country.
“The sale is a positive for Handmaker,” said Phil Bregman, who served for years as chairman of the board of directors of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. He said MED Healthcare Partners has the purchasing power to operate Handmaker more efficiently.
“We saw the benefits for the residents and the community of selling to an established multi facility group who were positioned to take Handmaker to the next level,” Bregman said.
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