Glens Falls Hospital Announces Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease

06/04/18

Integrated team works to improve diagnosis, care and support for patients and caregivers


GLENS FALLS, NY — Glens Falls Hospital has received the designation as a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease by the New York State Department of Health to serve the Northeastern region of the state. It is one of ten such centers in New York State.

Funded through a five-year, $2.1 million grant, the Center offers an interdisciplinary approach to diagnose and manage Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. The program’s mission is to identify the disease early in its progression, provide education to patients, families, and caregivers, and offer updates to physicians on diagnostic procedures.

For people experiencing symptoms of dementia, an initial consult with the Glens Falls Neurology team occurs and a series of baseline assessments are administered.Depending on the individual’s need, additional visits to other areas of the program might be warranted.These include Neuropsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, all of which are located in one centralized location. The Center also accepts patients with an existing diagnosis who require additional services.

Once a diagnosis is made, it is important for planning to occur.Embedded in the program is a Care Manager who meets with patients and families to discuss priorities and to provide framework on what to expect. The Center collaborates with community entities to link patients and caregivers to the many resources that are designed to assist patients and families affected by the disease.These resources range from available clinical trials to legal counsel for estate planning and elder law, to options for home care, respite care, skilled and long-term facilities, as well as caregiver support groups.

“As an organization, we have been extremely fortunate to have great talent, capable of serving this patient population,” says Heather O’Connor, Program Director, Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease.“The designation and funding by the Department of Health helps to transform these resources into an interdisciplinary program, providing a breadth of diagnostic skill and care management to support patients and their families.”

The Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease is located at Glens Falls Hospital on the third floor of the Pruyn Pavilion.Appointments at the Glens Falls Hospital Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease can be made by physician referral or directly by patients and family members by calling (518)-926-2940. The office recommends that relevant notes, imaging and laboratory results be obtained from the patients’ primary care provider, in advance of the initial visit and that patients are accompanied by a family member, friend or, care companion where possible. For more information, please visit www.glensfallshospital.org/AlzheimersCenter.


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ABOUT GLENS FALLS HOSPITAL

Glens Falls Hospital (GFH) is the largest hospital between Albany, NY and Montreal, Canada and maintains a service area that spans 6,000 square miles across 5 diverse counties. Founded in 1897, GFH today operates an advanced health care delivery system featuring 24 regional facilities including 9 specialty practices and 10 medical centers.A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided in addition to coronary care, occupational and behavioral health care, rehabilitation and wellness and others.The main hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery birthing center, the Breast Center and a chronic wound healing center. GFH is a not-for-profit organization and the largest employer in New York’s Adirondack region, with over 2,700 employees and a medical staff of more than 575 providers. For more information visit www.GlensFallsHospital.org.

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