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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.

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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.

Introducing Cutting-Edge Orthopedic Rehabilitation

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February 1st, 2017. Alameda Center For Rehabilitation & Healthcare, a foremost provider of subacute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care is proud to introduce its specialized Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program under the direction of Dr. Surender Grover.

Located in the heart of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and awarded a 4 Star CMS rating, Alameda Center’s state-of-the-art Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program broadens its impressive suite of specialized programs that includes Cardiac Care, Wound Care and Pulmonary Care.

Dedicated to restoring physical function to individuals who have undergone joint replacement, have sustained a musculoskeletal injury, experienced bone trauma or have been diagnosed with a degenerative joint disease, “the aim of Alameda Center’s Orthopedic Rehab Program is to get our patients back home confident and ready to resume an active lifestyle as soon as possible”, states Dr. Grover.

An orthopedic surgeon in practice for more than 51 years, Dr. Grover received his orthopedic training at UMDNJ, is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, currently serves as a Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health at Raritan Bay Medical Center (HMH RBMC), and holds a successful practice at JFK Hospital. Possessing extensive knowledge of the latest research showing that “where an individual goes for treatment can make all the difference in their recovery” Dr. Grover assuredly cites studies, indicating that “an early start to rehabilitation can optimize functional gains”.

Indeed, Alameda Center’s physical therapy department begins planning their residents’ rehabilitation prior to arrival, in collaboration with the referring hospital & healthcare team, utilizing cutting-edge algorithms to chart the rehab process of each resident.

Making expert use of rehab algorithms throughout the continuum of care while at Alameda Center, the rehab journey comes to an end when the quality of life improves beyond the pre-surgical state of health. Finally handing the patients back to their loved ones: revitalized in body and spirit!

Focused on restoring physical function and enhancing the skills needed to perform daily activities, building strength and endurance, and maximizing independence, Alameda Center’s specialized Orthopedic Rehab Program features physical, occupational and speech therapy 7 days a week, cutting edge rehab equipment and modalities and, most importantly, an outstanding staff of expert therapists that delivers effective multidisciplinary treatment plans with a hands-on approach that begins with an initial evaluation and extends through post-discharge care.

A 250-bed subacute rehabilitation and nursing care facility with a 30-year reputation for clinical excellence, Alameda Center welcomes your inquiries. To schedule a visit, and to obtain more information please call Junel Hutchinson, Executive Director of Admissions & Marketing/ Assistant Administrator
Alameda Center For Rehabilitation & Healthcare at 732-638-7280.

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) Collaborates with Alameda

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) at Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) recently announced it has selected Alameda Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare as one of its preferred Sub Acute Rehabilitation (SAR) providers for Comprehensive Care For Joint Replacement (CJR). Medicare patients undergoing total knee or hip replacement at RBMC will be offered Alameda Center for rehabilitation if SAR is deemed necessary by the orthopedic surgeon.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is launching several bundled payment initiatives in order to improve quality and patient outcomes. CJR is the first bundle payment initiative launched in the area. Under the bundle CJR initiatives, hospitals usually align themselves with vibrant, well positioned facilities with three or more Medicare Star rating to care for the patients. In the case of Alameda, it is the only Four Star Medicare rated facility in the area.

Alameda’s commitment to patient care resonates well as a leader in the delivery of excellent health care with excellent patient outcomes. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with HMH and we welcome the opportunity to work with other leading area hospitals.

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Director of Alameda Center’s Hispanic Program At The Perth Amboy Puerto Rican Association for Human Development!

PRAHD received a well deserved $20K monetary donation from Amazon Carteret Fulfillment Center. PRAHD was not the only recipient of Christmas gifts but Amazon donated numerous TV’s for adults and tablets for their children.

Pictured at the event Mayor Wilda Diaz, Assemblyman and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate John Wisniewski, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Alameda Hispanic Unit Director Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez, wife Rosario, Constitution Bank General Manager Antonio Cruz, Amazon Carteret General Manager Chris Cooper and Amazon’s helpers – absent from picture but very noteworthy of recognition for her leadership is PRAHD Executive Director and CEO Yvonne Lopez.

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Award For Dr. Jorge Gonzalez : Recognizing Excellence!

Alameda’s Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez received a “Special Recognition Award” from Perth Amboy Merchant Association (PAMA) for his work as Director of the Hispanic Unit at Alameda Center.

Pictured below: PAMA President Reyez Ortega, Vice President Wilma Matey, Univision TV Anchor and event emcee Damariz Diaz, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez, other award recipients, Mayor Wilda Diaz and Councilman Fernando Irizarry.

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