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A Great Presence: Dr. Gonzalez At Perth Amboy’s L.E.A.F.!

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.

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Spotlight on Terri Dellapietro: Going Above & Beyond Her Call Of Duty

teriRecovering 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!

Alameda Speaks on “Protocols”

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

Alameda Center’s Dr. Gonzalez At The Perth Amboy Senior Center!

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!

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IN HONOR OF HEART HEALTH MONTH:

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez spoke of Heart Health at the Perth Amboy Jankowski Senior Center on February 8, 2017.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States yet it is also one of the most preventable. Eating wisely, knowing your family health history and early identification of risk factors for heart disease together with regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.

Discussion of various forms of heart disease such as arrhythmias, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis were discussed. Attendees asked many questions and corresponding answers were provided. Seniors also asked questions about the daily use of an aspirin, vitamins such as CoQ 10, and various other medications.

The best tool we can give our residents is education. Alameda Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare offers monthly health education seminars to the Senior Citizens. The sessions are conducted in English and Spanish. Next seminar will take place on March 08, 2017 at 11:00 PM and the subject will be “The Pharmacy in your Home.”

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Alameda Center: Specialized Excellence. Positive Outcomes!

Alameda Center’s healthcare team and medical staff meet quarterly to discuss trends and various cutting-edge programs.

The meeting that took place on February 2, 2017, centered around reviewing and analyzing Quality Assurance, and reduction of hospital re-admission data.

Dr. Chen discussed how United Healthcare’s Optum Program works to treat patients onsite using best evidence-based medicine together with Optum’s nurse practitioners to improve patient outcomes. Alameda’s Medical staff found the program promising and they embraced it.

Jay Berger, Administrator at Alameda Center appraised the medical staff on the launching of Alameda’s Orthopedic Rehab Program under the Direction of the prominent Orthopedic Surgeon, Surrender Grover.

Alameda Center: Specialized Excellence. Positive Outcomes!
Pictured L to R are Maryann Cook NP, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez-Gomez Dir. Hispanic Program, Dr. Inderjit Kaint with his wife, Dr. Romel Arjona, Dr. Andres Peter, Dr. Vijay Patel and Dr. Robert Chen. Also present Cardiologist Dr. Mark Niemiera, Dr. Pranab Haldar and Dr. Gerardo Estevez. Also in attendance Christiana Enworom Director of Nursing, Idalia Alvarez External Case Manager and Alameda’s Administrator Jay Berger, LNHA.

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