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EXCELLENCE in CARE The Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
The Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
at Glens Falls Hospital offers an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing Alzheimer’s disease, and related dementias. Our team is comprised of specialists who are trained to assess patients affected by cognitive decline, and offers a care management component to support the patient and caregiver when a diagnosis is made. The Center promotes earlier diagnosis, supports patients and caregivers, acts as a conduit to community
resources, and serves as a leader in education
for providers, patients, and families. Glens Falls Hospital received the designation as a Center
of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease by the New York State Department of Health, and was awarded $2.1 million in state funding over a  ve year period to serve the Northeastern region of NYS. It is one of ten such centers in the entire state. Patients, family members, caregivers, and medical providers can contact The Center to schedule an appointment.
The Importance of Care Coordination
Our Community Care Coordination team continues to serve the highest need adults
and children, providing everything from
chronic disease management and behavioral health support, to linkages with community services, such as housing and transportation. Many of our care coordinators have participated in rigorous new trainings to ensure appropriate care for our most vulnerable populations. Every month, our Care Coordination team is working with nearly 1,100 adults and youth to support improved health for individuals and families in our region.
More than 85% of our adolescent population receiving care coordination is considered high risk, needing the most intensive services and support from our team. Our team has almost
doubled the number of children served from
2016 to 2017, currently providing care for more than 60 adolescents in our region. During the same time period, our care coordinators have also increased the number of adults served by almost 40%. Much
of this increase can be attributed to daily screenings in our Emergency Department for patients in need
of additional services and support. Care coordinators are also providing longitudinal care coordination to support improved health outcomes for patients of
our 10 regional Medical Centers, most notably completing risk strati cation to prioritize our
highest risk patients. In total, over 1,000 adults received care coordination services in 2017, reducing unnecessary trips to the emergency
room and supporting fewer visits to the hospital
for avoidable reasons.

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