Dr. Bilga Attar Appointed Medical Director at Whitehall Boca Raton

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For 15 years Dr. Bilga Attar has worked extensively with Whitehall Boca Raton, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Boca Raton, FL. In taking on her new responsibilities as medical director, her expertise in geriatric care will further the facility’s goals to continually provide quality patient care.

“Whitehall Boca Raton is a unique facility,” said Dr. Attar. “I call it ‘Whitehall Hospital’ because patients are discharged from area hospitals very quickly, and Whitehall pulls its weight by taking care of these really sick patients with quality care.

Dr. Bilga Attar has been a physician since becoming board certified in family practice in 1994. She earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. Following a one-year internship, her two-year residency was at JFK Hospital in New Jersey. She previously obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry and a secondary degree in pharmacy. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

Although she operated a private practice for a number of years early in her career, Dr. Attar realized that her passion was working independently with the elderly, most often the people who require specialized care in a skilled nursing environment. In working with Whitehall Boca Raton since 1997, she and her two full-time nurse practitioners and one part-time nurse practitioner typically follow patients who were admitted by doctors with schedules that prohibit them from tending to patients in the facility with the regularity they would prefer.

“Many of the patients I follow at Whitehall are assigned to me by a lot of the patients‘ physicians who are too busy in their offices to follow their patients here,” explained Dr. Attar. “We’re in good communication with their primary care physicians, however, and I respect their territory impeccably. When their patients are discharged from Whitehall, they go back to their primary care physician.”

Dr. Attar added that the arrangement benefits both the primary care physicians and Whitehall Boca because of an intense continuum of care that patients might otherwise not receive. And, she noted, on occasions when she is not in the facility herself, her nurse practitioners are still there for the patients and can reach her instantly if needed.

In being named medical director for Whitehall, Dr. Attar said she will bring to the facility a broad viewpoint on how to constantly improve policies and procedures to improve patient outcomes. She also intends to strengthen communications with hospitals and primary care physicians.

“Whitehall Boca Raton is a unique facility,” said Dr. Attar. “I call it ‘Whitehall Hospital’ because patients are discharged from area hospitals very quickly, and Whitehall pulls its weight by taking care of these really sick patients with quality care. They know what to do. Everybody comes on board.”

Whitehall Boca Raton is a 154-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that specializes in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. It was opened in 1982 and remains a family-owned and operated company. Out of more than 500 competing facilities, Whitehall Boca was named “Facility of the Year” by the National Association of Health Care Assistants in 2009 and in 2010 was recognized by Dorland Health for its outstanding rehabilitation programs.

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