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National POLST Paradigm Toolkit Webinar Series

The National POLST Paradigm is hosting a webinar series to present a new POLST toolkit we’ve been developing, Using the POLST Paradigm to Honor Patient Wishes Across the Care Continuum. This toolkit is intended to give facilities a reference of what the POLST Paradigm is, and will provide resources (FAQs, sample policies and practices, etc.) to help implement quality procedures that support the treatment wishes of patients using the POLST Paradigm.

This Spring 2017 webinar series includes 6 webinars, an Overview, plus 5 webinars that correspond to various care settings in which POLST is important:

  1. Primary Care,
  2. EMS,
  3. In-patient Hospital,
  4. Nursing Homes, and
  5. Hospice.

 

You may register for the free webinars and learn more at http://polst.org/toolkit/

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2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society Western Division (PAGS-WD) is pleased to announce the 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award recipients Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP (Physician Awardee); Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA (Healthcare Professional Award) and, for 2017, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Vincent Balestrino, MD.

The Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award is presented to two outstanding teachers for their dedication and commitment to geriatrics education and exemplify geriatrics teaching excellence.

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes and honors a physician who has made significant contributions to the education and training of learners in geriatrics education, with the utmost dedication, commitment and teaching excellence spanning their professional career.

 


Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP

Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP

Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP, is the 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award recipient, which recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics education across the health professions.

Dr. Weiner brings a highly developed, quintessentially geriatric approach to care through all of her educational efforts. She is involved in precepting, lecturing and curriculum design in many settings. She has coached, mentored and taught patients, caregivers and health professionals in a multitude of disciplines.

Dr. Weiner has developed case studies and questions for modules for the American Board of Internal Medicine and lectures extensively at many local, national and international forums. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications throughout her career, including a recent twelve-part series on chronic low back pain in the respected journal, Pain Medicine, that was developed in collaboration with approximately 40 colleagues across the country.

Dr. Weiner currently serves as program director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program, and professor, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is on staff at the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and serves on many of its committees.


Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, is the 2017 recipient of the Healthcare Professional Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes a healthcare professional who has made significant contributions to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics education across the health professions.

Dr. Toto is a nationally recognized educator, practitioner and leader in geriatric occupational therapy. Throughout her career, she has taught and interacted with countless students, practitioners, healthcare professionals, and consumers with the goal of promoting and advancing evidence-based strategies to promote health and wellbeing in older adults.

Dr. Toto has presented numerous national and regional peer-reviewed presentations on geriatric topics ranging from best practice physical activity strategies for older adults to client-centered goal setting for older adult well-being.

Dr. Toto was one of the first occupational therapist in the United States to become board certified in gerontology by the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2000.

She has served as assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh since 2011 and has been the program director for the Clinical Science Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program since 2015. Dr. Toto is also a geriatric clinical consultant, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services in McKeesport.


Vincent Balestrino, MD

Vincent Balestrino, MD

Vincent Balestrino, MD, is the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, which recognizes and honors a physician who has made significant contributions to the education and training of learners in geriatrics education, with the utmost dedication, commitment and teaching excellence spanning their professional career.

Dr. Balestrino has made significant contributions to the growth of geriatrics education in the Pittsburgh region and has inspired numerous learners to be passionate about the specialty.

He has been a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine since 1997 and served as the director of the Geriatric Fellowship program at UPMC St. Margaret from 2004 to June 2012; a role that he recently resumed on an interim basis after the departure of the fellowship director. Dr. Balestrino currently serves as associate director of the Family Practice Residency program at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital.

Dr. Balestrino is director, Geriatric Services, UPMC St. Margaret. His experience and leadership also extend to long-term care and palliative care and his particular areas of interest include end of life care and wound care. In April 2015, he took on a new role as senior medical director at Presbyterian SeniorCare.


Each will be recognized at an award presentation to take place prior to the dinner symposium held in conjunction with the 2017 Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference. The dinner symposium will be held April 6 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Awardees will be honored with a plaque and receive complimentary membership in the society for one year.

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PMDA – PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE: Making Sense of Chaos – 02/16/2017

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Western PA PMDA Regional Meeting

Cumberland Woods Conference Center
UPMC Passavant Hospital Campus
700 Cumberland Woods Drive
Allison Park, PA 15101

Speaker via WebEx webinar

Karl Steinberg MD, CMD, HMDC

President and CEO
Stone Mountain Medical Associates, Inc.
Oceanside, CA

Dr. Karl Steinberg is a long-term care geriatrician and board-certified family physician with a subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine and is medical director of three nursing homes and a hospice. He is chair of the AMDA Public Policy Committee and also the editor-in-chief of AMDA’s monthly periodical, Caring for the Ages, in addition to its online version (caringfortheages.com). Dr. Steinberg is probably best known for taking his dogs with him on rounds in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and on hospice and palliative care home visits.

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Recap – 2016 Fall Program – Natural Evolution of Telemedicine for Care of the Elderly

L to R: Fred Rubin, MD, President; Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH; Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD; Judith Black, MD, Secretary/Treasurer; Namita Ahuja, MD; Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS

L to R: Fred Rubin, MD, President; Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH; Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD; Judith Black, MD, Secretary/Treasurer; Namita Ahuja, MD;
Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS

 

November 1, 2016
The University Club, Pittsburgh, PA

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division hosted their annual fall program on November 1 at the University Club in Pittsburgh.

The society welcomed guest presenters Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, General Adult Service Line, Director, Telemedicine and Forensic Psychiatry Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, UPMC Health System; Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Department of Biomedical Informatics, Chief, Medical Informatics Officers, UPMC Community Provider Services; and Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Chief Medical Information Officer, International and Commercial Services; Medical Director, UPMC Telemedicine, Medical Director, Center for Connected Medicine.pagspanel

Namita Ahuja, MD, Senior Medical Director, Medicare and Geriatric programs, UPMC Health Plan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, served as moderator.

“’Natural Evolution of Telemedicine for Care of the Elderly” was presented to a robust audience of 77 healthcare professionals. The stellar panel presentation reviewed the background and evidence for telemedicine. Discussion included an overview of new applications in telemedicine and the value and role of telemedicine as an effective tool for physicians and healthcare systems in the care of elderly patients.

The annual fall program provides PAGS-WD members and guests the opportunity to network and attend a lecture encompassing relevant topics specific to geriatrics and the older population.


The Society appreciates the support from the following that
provided sponsorship for the meeting

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Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS selected to participate in Practice Change Leaders program

Members in the News

sakely-heather-pharmd-bcps-st-margarets-02-03-2015_pp-002Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS, Director, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy and Director, PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency, was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the Practice Change Leaders program.

The Practice Change Leaders program is proud to announce the selection of the 2016 class.

This class of Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health were selected from professionals who responded to a highly competitive nationwide call for applications. Ten Leaders were selected to participate in the prestigious program, aimed at building leadership capacity among professionals who have a leadership role in a health care delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults. Through participation in the fourteen month Practice Change Leaders program, awardees receive $45,000 and the support of local and national Mentors to further develop their leadership skills and to complete a project aimed at implementing a new geriatric service line or aging program. Complementing their development as individual leaders, the Leaders will be joining a collegial network of dedicated professionals who share a commitment to improving health and health care outcomes in older adults.

As part of the PCL program, Heather Sakely has chosen to implement a program entitled PIVOTS-S: Pharmacist-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors – Scalability, A Skilled Nursing Facility Intensive Intervention For Hospital Readmission Reduction, which will demonstrate the role of the pharmacist within the interprofessional geriatric team, as both a direct patient care provider and change agent for improving care quality. The goals of this project are to create (1) local scalability of existing pharmacist-physician practices; (2) development of pharmacist-led institutional and health system level feedback loops, transparency, practice change and quality improvement around medication-related systems-based practice concerns and drug therapy problems, along with 7-day hospital readmission reduction from the skilled nursing facility (SNF); (3) regional and national scalability of our practice through creation of a working business plan. “Poor quality of care during transitions is a major public health problem and is often highlighted by numerous risk points for medication misadventures. Our program is critically responsive to this need and places pharmacists in direct patient care provider roles in the SNF, partnered in real-time with the interprofesional geriatric team, responsible for all medication therapy needs, and providing actionable and timely follow-up for the patient’s care.” said Dr. Sakely. “It is our vision to afford this enhanced interprofessional patient care delivery system to all older adults”.


The Practice Change Leaders program is made possible by the generous supported of the Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The program is under the direction of Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH. To learn more about the program, please visit www.changeleaders.org.

About The Atlantic Philanthropies
The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that makes grants through its five program areas: Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights, and Founding Chairman. Atlantic is active in Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. To learn more, please visit: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.

About the John A. Hartford Foundation
The John A. Hartford Foundation is a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans. After three decades of championing research and education in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work, today the Foundation pursues opportunities to put geriatrics expertise to work in all health care settings. This includes advancing practice change and innovation, supporting team-based care through interdisciplinary education of all health care providers, supporting policies and regulations that promote better care, and developing and disseminating new evidence-based models that deliver better, more cost-effective health care.

The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s. Additional information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.jhartfound.org.

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