LONG BRANCH, NJ – In response to increased market demand for geriatric care, Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently held a “Geriatric Continuing Education Program” on meeting the complex challenges of the elderly.
Attended by nearly 100 area medical professionals, Monmouth Medical Center speakers and topics included: Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, Transition Program coordinator, “Introduction to Transitions in Care;” Priya Angi, M.D, geriatrician, “Dementia, Delirium and Depression: the Three D’s of Geriatrics;” Angela Soldivieri - Freeman, N.P.C., geriatric nurse practitioner, “Assessments of the Frail Elderly with Dementia;” Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., C.G.P. geriatric pharmacist, “Geriatrics Pharmacology;” and Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief geriatrics and palliative care, “Geriatrics Palliative Care.” Colleen Smith, L.S.W., caregiver specialist, County of Monmouth Offices on Aging, covered “Caregiver Challenges: Resources and Information to Help Navigate Transitions.”
According to Joan Wills, who leads the Barnabas Health Transition Program for the Frail Elderly with Dementia at Monmouth Medical Center, the program received tremendous feedback from conference participants who praised the presenters as very descriptive, knowledgeable and passionate.
Monmouth Medical Center is uniquely equipped to care for geriatric patients through its dedicated Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) unit and the Memory Institute to better meet the complex needs of these patients. Older patients typically have more complex medical conditions, stay longer in emergency departments for more extensive testing and treatment regimens, and are more likely to be admitted and to require critical care.
Patients aged 65 and older with dementia and other chronic conditions can benefit from the Transition Program, which is designed to improve patients’ self-management of their care and decrease hospital readmissions. The program is funded through a Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation grant awarded to the Barnabas Health Foundation.
Among the key objectives of the program are to screen 900 patients for frailty, dementia, and co-morbidities, to record patient-identified goals and objectives, identify barrier and support resources, conduct patient and caregiver education, conduct multidisciplinary case conferencing and develop a detailed, patient-specific My Care Plan for each patient. Through the program, Monmouth conducts follow-up calls and home visits through collaborating home health agencies.
For information on the GEM Unit, Transitions Program and other geriatric services, visit Monmouth Medical Center’s website.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
Date: June 19, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Brennan