With a Public Health Degree from Rutgers University + Servsafe Certification … he’s got the kitchens at Alameda rocking!
Paul, what’s the best part of your job at Alameda?
The ABSOLUTE BEST part is the ethnic diversity of both Residents and staff: A truly unique array of people that reflects how remarkable Alameda Center is.
From your vantage point – what is remarkable about Alameda?
This is just for starters:
The 3rd Floor that hosts our Indian Cultural Program has a dedicated kitchen and all the food prepared & served is Indian and 100% completely vegetarian!
Just for this particular kitchen we have SIX cooks. And we are in constant contact with special vendors for the food items, spices, and condiments that allow us to cater to our Residents with their favorite dishes.
Go up a one floor and you find our trailblazing Hispanic Cultural Program that embraces the diverse cultures of the Mexican, Colombian, Dominican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican – to name a few.
Walk into this kitchen any day and you will find the widest selection of vegetables, spices & seasonings that allow us to pamper our Hispanic Residents with a taste of home everyday.
Given the diversity – how do you accommodate everyone’s preferences?
That is a challenge we have passed with flying colors! Essential to our success is the fact the Giovanny Hernandez, our Assistant Director of Dining Services, is Hispanic. That upfront allows us to understand the diversity of foods that pertain to each one of the Hispanic communities. Add to that the fact that Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, the Director of the Hispanic Cultural Program, personally supervises every aspect and that many of our staff members are Hispanic and voila – we not only have access to a wide variety of recipes but in-home staff members assuring the taste of the food is “exactly like home”.
How do you assure strict control of allergies, clinically prescribed diets, feeding assistance devices, calorie counts – while still catering to personal preferences?
We are ahead of the game: We have successfully transitioned the Monarq Dining Solutions Program. NEW at Alameda, this program allows us to maintain vital food and nutrition information including specific nourishment directives, allergies, likes, dislikes, calorie counts, tube feeding, guest trays and feeding assistance devices.
Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s premier fundraising event, the 33rd Annual Harbor Lights Ball took place this past Friday, May 12, honoring Dr. Gregorio Guillen, with the Excellence in Medicine Award!
Perth Amboy’s Learning Empowerment, Achievement Foundation (L.E.A.F.) held their Annual Gala on May 06, 2017 at the Cornucopia St. Charles vessel.
Honoring the 2017 scholarship recipients was Laurie Hernandez: Renowned 2016 Summer Olympic US Gold Medal Winner in gymnastics and 2016 Dancing with the Stars Winner.
Pictured below: Laurie Hernandez and Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez Director of Hispanic Program at Alameda Center.
Recovering from a severe infection and in dire need of post acute rehab, Mr. R, a gentleman in his mid-seventies, was admitted to Alameda Center following his hospital discharge. His wife was used to the valet parking service she was treated to at the hospital every time she visited her husband there, and assumed she would receive the same service at Alameda Center.
Kindly informing Mrs. R that valet parking was not available, Terri Dellapietro, Alameda Center’s Admissions Clerk, could see the signs of stress in Mrs. R, sensing what a big difference valet parking would make to her as her husband’s primary caregiver, and how much it would mean to her.
Going above and beyond the call of duty, Terri gracefully parked Mrs. R’s car and helped her into the facility every morning throughout her husband’s two-month stay at Alameda.
Upon completing his rehab, Mr. R returned home to his daily routine, fully satisfied with the therapy he received. And Mrs. R, totally impressed with Alameda Center’s all-around patient care that went above and beyond, and surpassed all expectations!
We’ve often heard that computers are able to communicate with one another, worldwide; because of the different “operating languages” they use via the protocols.
In healthcare, the use of clinical protocols allows health care providers to offer appropriate diagnostic treatment and care services to patients. Alameda has been at the forefront of protocol development for the often encountered health issues which our residents may encounter.
The protocols we develop produce streamlined workflows, bring uniformity to patient management by using “Best Evidence Based Medicine”, reduce staff confusion, make record keeping easy, accurate use of resources and cost savings. All of our protocols, are approved by our Medical Director. The end result is very clear, “Better Patient Care and Better Outcomes”.
An example is Alameda’s Sepsis Protocol. Our clinical staff closely monitors for a resident’s clinical markers of infection. If the resident displays a marker, certain diagnostic tests are automatically ordered and in certain circumstances; treatment may be initiated at once. The primary care physician and family are notified of the revised care plan. Prompt identification and treatment results in better patient care, saving healthcare dollars and keeping residents in their familiar “homelike” setting.
At Alameda, patient care is essential for us but innovating and staying ahead of the curve sets us apart from others.
By Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez
In accordance with Alameda’s Monthly Community Calendar, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez discussed the topic “The Pharmacy in Your Home.”
Addressing a group of Spanish and English speakers, he indicated that drugs don’t belong in the bathroom since heat and dampness speed the medication natural decay process. Keep medications in a separate, lockable easily accessible cabinet – naturally with a current list of the contents and their expiration dates.
Dr. Gonzalez stated: “When you get home today, take an inventory of what is in your medicine cabinet, discard expired medication bottles and move unexpired medications to a dry and easy to access location.”
The medicine cabinet in the bathroom, he said, should contain items like toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, lotions, first aid remedies and so forth. Remedies such as burn ointment, antiseptic wipes, band aids, eye wash and cup, tape, gauze pads, alcohol pads, aspirin and/or Tylenol, antacids, thermometer, etc.
Next month’s lecture will be “Wound Prevention for Diabetics” April 12,2017 at 10:30 AM at the Perth Amboy Senior Center on Olive Street.
See you there!