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Published on May 24, 2012

Crozer-Keystone Geriatricians Named Certified Nursing Home Medical Directors

In Brief

  • William Zirker, M.D., MPH, chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center; and Michael Srulevich, D.O., MPH, Crozer-Keystone geriatrician; have been named Certified Nursing Home Medical Directors by the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA).
  • A 2009 study by the American Medical Directors Certification Program (AMDCP) showed that quality scores represented a 15 percent improvement in quality for facilities with certified medical directors (CMDs).
  • The certification allows physicians to direct any nursing home in which they see patients.

William Zirker, M.D., MPH, chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and Michael Srulevich, D.O., MPH, Crozer-Keystone geriatrician, have been named Certified Nursing Home Medical Directors by the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA).

“With a certification as a nursing home medical director, we are responsible for coordinating the medical care of all the nursing home residents, and monitoring the care provided by the team of nursing home providers at that facility,” Zirker says. “We are also primarily responsible for the implementation of state and federal policies within the facility – including safety, quality of care and resident rights.”

To receive the certification, physicians must take certain courses provided by AMDA on medical direction and long-term care.

“To be qualified for this certification, physicians must also complete a geriatric fellowship and have two years of experience as a medical director or associate medical director,” says Srulevich. “It’s also necessary to keep up-to-date with current licenses and continued education requirements.”

A 2009 study by the American Medical Directors Certification Program (AMDCP) finds that having an AMDA-certified medical director (CMD) contributes positively to a nursing home’s quality of care. Analysis of data showed that quality scores represented a 15 percent improvement in quality for facilities with certified medical directors (CMDs). The study appeared in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA).

“It really does improve all levels of a patient’s care in the facility,” Srulevich says. “The medical director is involved in all levels of care within the nursing home, and has weekly meetings with the facilities director of nursing, and monthly meeting with the Quality Assurance Committee.”

The certification allows physicians to direct any nursing home in which they see patients. Srulevich is currently the Certified Nursing Home Medical Director of HCR ManorCare in Wallingford, and Zirker is the Certified Nursing Home Medical Director of the Belvedere Center Nursing Home in Chester.

The American Medical Directors Association is dedicated to excellence in patient care and provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development to promote the delivery of quality long term care medicine.

For information about Crozer-Keystone’s Senior Health Services, or to find a physician who is right for you, call 1-800-CKHS-KEY (1-800-254-7539) or visit www.crozerkeystone.org.

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