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Summa Health System Senior Services Expands into Barberton and Wadsworth

Date: 09.18.2012
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 18, 2012 – Beginning on Sept. 24, older adults, their families and caregivers can experience expert senior care closer to home at Summa Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman Hospitals. These hospitals will offer Summa’s nationally recognized inpatient and outpatient senior services as well as palliative care, all services that exist at Summa Akron City Hospital today.

Summa Barberton Hospital

Senior services at Summa Barberton Hospital will include an inpatient dedicated acute care for elders (ACE) unit for older adults with complex medical cases and syndromes. The unit’s specialized multidisciplinary team includes a geriatrician who has expertise in caring for older adults; a certified nurse specialist; a pharmacist; nurses; case management workers; therapists and social workers. Geriatricians will also offer inpatient geriatric assessments that can help identify problems such as delirium, dementia, falls and balance issues, depression or complicated social situations, and provide care recommendations to keep seniors as functional, safe and independent as possible.

Adults of any age can also receive specialized care for chronic illnesses in the hospital’s inpatient acute palliative care unit (APCU). The APCU unit’s team, made up of a physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, dietician and spiritual care worker, work together to provide progressive treatment for pain and symptoms associated with serious and advanced illnesses, and address any emotional, social and spiritual issues. As part of the hospital discharge process, patients in the hospital’s ACE and APCU units are connected to a variety of resources including ongoing follow-up appointments, community agencies and homecare services.

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital will open an outpatient Center for Senior Health to improve the health, quality of care and functional status of older adults with complex medical problems. Patients and their families will meet routinely with a geriatrician and social worker to evaluate the health, functional status and cognitive ability of the patient. Teleconferencing is also available for patients’ families who may not reside in the area. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 720-5318.

The patient’s geriatrician will work with the patient’s primary care physician in order to implement an appropriate, personalized care plan and provide any additional support services based on the patient’s medical conditions and needs.

“Chronic conditions and issues relating to older adults require significant time and attention,” said Cathy Maxwell, M.D., medical director of Senior Services at Summa Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman Hospitals and a physician with Summa Physicians Inc. – Geriatrics. “We want caregivers to know that they are not alone and that we understand how hard caring for a loved one can be. Our goal is to share our team’s knowledge and experience in order to provide caregivers with the advice, accessible care and support they need to help make their loved ones as independent and safe as possible at home.”

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