PA Secretary of Aging Visits Crozer-Keystone, Tours Rejuvenations Unit - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on February 29, 2016

PA Secretary of Aging Visits Crozer-Keystone, Tours Rejuvenations Unit

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
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Pictured from left to right: Adam Glushakow, M.D., medical director of Rejuvenations; Margaret Stevens, administrative director of Crozer-Keystone Senior Health Services; Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., chair of Psychiatry for Crozer-Keystone Health System; Teresa Osborne, PA Secretary of Aging; Mario J. Civera Jr., chairman, Delaware County Council; Deborah Jackson, clinical director of Rejuvenations; William D’Amico, MHA, administrator, Fair Acres Geriatric Center, County of Delaware; and Denise Stewart, director, County Office of Services for the Aging.

Pictured from left to right: Adam Glushakow, M.D., medical director of Rejuvenations; Margaret Stevens, administrative director of Crozer-Keystone Senior Health Services; Kevin P. Caputo, M.D., chair of Psychiatry for Crozer-Keystone Health System; Teresa Osborne, PA Secretary of Aging; Mario J. Civera Jr., chairman, Delaware County Council; Deborah Jackson, clinical director of Rejuvenations; William D’Amico, MHA, administrator, Fair Acres Geriatric Center, County of Delaware; and Denise Stewart, director, County Office of Services for the Aging.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne recently visited Delaware County as a distinguished guest at two Crozer-Keystone Health System-sponsored events.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Secretary Osborne was the keynote speaker at the Long-Term Care Collaborative, a quarterly event hosted by Crozer-Keystone for area nursing home administrators, physicians and representatives from local community agencies, such as the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA). Secretary Osborne spoke to the group of approximately 50 people about how healthcare professionals can work together with the Commonwealth to improve quality of services for the aging and accelerate health innovation in Pennsylvania.

“As the health care landscape continues to rapidly evolve, the commitment of Crozer-Keystone and its community partners to focus on ensuring that they are able to adapt and respond to the medical and social needs of the people of Delaware County is impressive,” Secretary Osborne says. “With nearly 15.5 percent of the county’s population comprised of persons age 65 and older, the opportunity to connect with local community leaders in the field of aging was welcomed and quite timely.”

Margaret Stevens, administrative director of Senior Health Services for Crozer-Keystone, coordinated the event. She emphasizes the collaborative’s commitment to ensuring that older adults have access to quality healthcare and services as they transition from acute to post-acute settings: “We value our partnership with our long-term care facilities and community organizations,” she says. “Our shared mission is to work collectively toward better outcomes for our older adult population.”

“By engaging in conversation and pursing a collaborative approach to health care delivery, we can give families and communities more support to help older Pennsylvanians age in place with the dignity and respect they deserve,” adds Secretary Osborne.

At the conclusion of the conference, Secretary Osborne traveled to Rejuvenations, a 20-bed geriatric behavioral health unit located at Fair Acres Geriatric Center, Delaware County’s skilled nursing facility in Middletown Township, Pa. Rejuvenations, slated to open March 2016, will be staffed by experienced geriatric healthcare providers from Crozer-Keystone under the medical direction of Adam Glushakow, M.D., Crozer-Keystone psychiatrist. “We wanted to demonstrate how Crozer-Keystone realized and is helping to meet this need among our geriatric patients,” says Kevin Caputo, M.D., chair of Psychiatry for Crozer-Keystone, “and Secretary Osborne was eager to tour our beautiful new unit. Rejuvenations will provide a much-needed service in Delaware County, and we are proud to be the only health system in the tri-county area to offer this comprehensive, patient-centered program to our community.”

“We are pleased to participate in the opening of Rejuvenations,” says Delaware County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. “We recognize that mental health issues are impacting our elderly residents just as much as physical health problems. And we know that we need to treat mental health conditions with the same urgency as we treat physical health. So we are pleased to be a part of this important health initiative.”

Learn more about the Rejuvenations inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit at crozerkeystone.org/rejuvenations.

Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Senior Health Services Department is a team of professionals dedicated to assisting seniors, their physicians, family and caregivers in accessing the quality programs and services offered throughout the health system and the community. For more information about the programs provided through Senior Health Services, call 1-800-CKHS-KEY (1-800-254-7539).

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