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Introducing Cardiac Rehabilitation That Speaks The Language of Your Heart

March 13, 2018. Alameda Center For Rehabilitation & Healthcare, a foremost provider of subacute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in Perth Amboy, is proud to introduce a novel Specialized Cardiac Rehabilitation program that utilizes the most advanced technology and strong rehabilitation techniques, and is focused on helping patients recover quickly, return home and avoid hospital readmission.

Under the direction of Dr. Puneet Sahgal, who holds a Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease and currently serves as the Chairman at Raritan Bay’s Medical Center Department of Medicine, the multidisciplinary team at Alameda expertly utilizes best evidence-based algorithms, tailoring the clinical care to increase each patient’s ability to conduct activities of daily living and enhance their overall independence.

It is estimated that half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

“Fortunately”, indicates Dr. Sahgal, “heart disease is largely preventable, and there are clinically proven ways for people to reduce their risk, such as stopping to smoke, being more active, and reducing stress.”

This, however, is only part of the equation. Even though it is well-established that stress plays an important role is heart issues, the cause of the stress can be very hard to tackle since it can vary in modality and intensity according to each person’s emotional makeup – and their cultural background.

It is of utmost importance to understand the person to appropriately tailor a course of treatment that will restore them to optimal health – and even of greater importance, to understand how exactly they get stressed to begin with, to prevent a heart condition and avoid any escalation when the patient has been already diagnosed with a heart condition.

“This is precisely what makes our Cardiac Program at Alameda exceptional” says Dr. Sahgal, “because our multicultural, multilingual staff can relate to and understand the cultural nuances that, as you see, can be an important factor in both prevention and recovery, thus making our clinical care personalized and cutting-edge”.
To learn more about Alameda Center’s Specialized Cardiac Rehab and the impressive array of clinical programs tailored to the needs of the community, please contact Diana Candell at Admissions 732-442-9540 extension 7281.

Honoring Perth Amboy’s Emergency Personnel With A Special BBQ Lunch

On September 18, Alameda Center’s campus was a hub of activity. Local Emergency Personnel such as police officers, firefighters, emergency medical staff, military personnel, family and friends turned out in droves at Alameda Center’s annual appreciation event for our local heroes.

“We do this barbecue annually to express our gratitude to our community’s First Responders. These men and women are on the front lines every day and this is the least we can do in the way of thanking them,” said Sheila Coleman, Administrator at Alameda. “Perth Amboy is a great community, comprised of great people that are quietly helping others.”

Amidst balloons, music, great food and some great prizes . . . these heroes were feted and honored in a truly festive celebration. What better way to say thank you?!

Bringing The Benefits of Pet Therapy To Our Residents

Pet Therapy is growing trend that has proven to be tremendously beneficial – mentally, emotionally and even physically! Interaction with these furry friends can boost one’s general health and wellbeing, especially in seniors.

Alameda Center hosts a visit from Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs every Wednesday.These animals provide unconditional love and much needed companionship, and our residents and staff adore them.

Walking The Red Carpet At Alameda Center

Celebrating Another Rehab Success Story

When Steven Laveroni first came to Alameda Center he could hardly stand – never mind walk. Within a mere 6 weeks of intense and compassionate therapy, he was back to himself and excited to return home to his cherished daily living routines.

At our gala send-off ceremony, Steven walked down the red carpet to the cheers of Alameda’s supportive staff and graciously accepted his rehab diploma surrounded by his dedicated team of therapists. Since his discharge, he has been in touch with his new family and friends at Alameda to keep up with latest news and gossip, and to express his thanks.

therapy-success

Alameda Center’s NEW Director of Nursing: The Next Frontier In Clinical Excellence

June 25, 2018. Alameda Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, a foremost provider of subacute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, is proud to introduce Sandra Keffer, its new Director of Nursing.

Recognized for its clinical excellence, Alameda’s comprehensive inpatient care is geared for people recovering from a surgery, injury or illness and who no longer require acute hospital care – and the nursing staff at Alameda, is the driving force that upholds the clinical excellence throughout the rehabilitation process.

“The core of our excellence rests on the shoulders of the nursing professionals and their constant interdisciplinary collaboration with the physicians and specialized therapists” says Pinni Friedman LNHA, Administrator at Alameda Center. For this reason, “it is of utmost importance for our outstanding team of nurses to have a leader who can elevate their already high level of performance, and thus our overall clinical care”.

Enter Sandra Keffer, RN, a consummate professional with 25+ years of experience in subacute and long term care. Sandra’s clinical expertise comes through at every point of interaction; what is remarkable, however, is that along with her vast knowledge and experience, Sandra has a very gentle manner – and the residents truly appreciate that.

“You can have all the knowledge in the world”, indicates Sandra, “ but in the nursing profession we have to sustain the awareness that even though our day revolves around diagnoses and treatment plans, at the end of the day, we are dealing with people.”

People, we might add, for whom compassion and any extra effort to assuage their discomfort and pain makes an enormous difference.

Sandra’s choice to assume the DON position at Alameda is telling, especially when she indicates Alameda’s celebrated diversity as a decisive factor. A genuine people person, Sandra was impressed from the get-go with Alameda’s staff of nurses – their wide array of cultural backgrounds, and the many languages in which they easily communicate with the patients.

“I look forward to learning Spanish”, says Sandra “because of the wide population of Spanish speaking residents we have, and the success of our Hispanic Program that caters to their needs – but that’s just for starters”.

Intent on elevating staff performance and clinical care with valuable clinical technology, Sandra would like to implement PointClickCare® – a comprehensive, integrated cloud-based platform that that has proven successful in maintaining a single consistent record for each resident in one centralized place that is accessible to all the professionals involved in patient care.

Bringing real passion for nursing and with big plans to elevate the level of care, Sandra’s certainly in the right place: Alameda – establishing “New Frontiers In Patient Care”.
Director of Nursing-Sandra Keffer

Welcoming Junel Hutchinson Back To Alameda

Junel is back! Though she ALWAYS kept in touch and is an integral part of our community, we are happy to announce that Junel Hutchinson will now be the Administrator on Duty during the weekends, working closely with Pinni Friedman.

Junel Hutchinson

Alameda Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare: A Proud Ruby Sponsor Of This Year’s HMH RBMC Foundation Reception Gala!

“Collaborating with our long standing partner RBMC, is a commitment for us at Alameda” said Pinni Friedman, LNHA, Administrator at Alameda. “The patients of our highly reliable organizations benefit from our strong relationship”.

Funds from this year’s gala will go towards the 28 bed Emergency Room Expansion at the Old Bridge Campus.

In this image (right to left) Alameda’s Staff: Paul, SubAcute Rehabilitation Unit Mgr., Brenda Siversen Admission Director, Margaret Talaga Asst. Dir. of Nursing, David Boles External Case Mgr. And Dr. & Mrs. Gonzalez, Director Hispanic Program attended this year’s gala.

RBMC Sponsor-Alameda