Geriatric Medicine Center of Excellence Fund
Morristown Medical Center has been designated a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) hospital with “Exemplar” status and is ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as a top hospital for geriatrics. This fund will be used to make strategic investments in continuing education and training for clinicians and new programs for patients.
The Need: $100,000
Caregiver Training Center
The Caregiver Center at the David and Joan Powell Center for Healthy Aging will provide education, training and support for family caregivers of aging loved ones. As an expansion of the existing initiatives, the goal of the Caregiver Center will be to help improve caregiver skills, reduce hospital readmissions and champion the needs of the family caregivers throughout Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. The Caregiver Center will be housed within the Geriatric Assessment Center to create a true “Center for Healthy Aging.”
The Need: $800,000
The United States has a significant shortage of physicians trained in geriatrics, even as the population of people over age 65 continues to rise. The Geriatric Fellowship Program at Morristown Medical Center is a comprehensive one-year training program for physicians trained in internal or family medicine to gain expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of geriatric patients in all clinical settings, including office-based care, skilled nursing facilities and long-term care. The program currently trains one fellow each year. Funding will support the salary of an additional fellow to address this growing need.
The Need: $275,594 (over three years)
Art of Caregiving Bi-Annual Training Series
In response to the growing number of family caregivers in our community, our interdisciplinary team of geriatric experts developed an evidenced-based course to teach caregivers how to care for their aging loved ones and navigate eldercare. This five-part series offers a 10-hour, interactive curriculum for approximately 20 caregivers and focuses on key issues involved in caring for an aging loved one. Sessions include demonstrations of hands-on, care techniques and small group teaching with a home health aide and physical therapist, along with a state-of-the-art geriatric nursing mannequin. Funding will support the ongoing provision of the course, materials for attendees, mannequin maintenance and interdisciplinary staffing to support the multiweek course.
The Need: $11,500
Geriatrics is a rapidly growing field, and the need for health care professionals trained in elder care is at an all-time high. The annual NICHE conference, organized by Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, offers nurses, physicians and allied health professionals continuing education knowledge in geriatrics. NICHE attracts attendees from Atlantic Health System and community organizations that care for older adults, such as home care companies, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Funding will support keynote speaker fees and other conference expenses.
The Need: $11,500
If you have any questions, or if you would like to support a funding need for Geriatrics, please contact Cynthia O'Donnell, JD, director of gift planning, at 973-593-2418.
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