Sherman Oaks Hospital Announces Opening of Center for Senior Care

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Sherman Oaks Hospital provides access to care specific to seniors by developing its new, one-of-a-kind Comprehensive Senior Care Program which now includes the opening of a new outpatient service; the Center for Senior Care (CSC).

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Tricia Ercoli (SOH)
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Sherman Oaks Hospital Announces Opening of Center for Senior Care

Sherman Oaks, Calif. – (September 2, 2015) -- Sherman Oaks Hospital (SOH) continuously assess the needs of the community it serves. The shortage of health facilities that provide access to care specific to seniors, serves as barriers to living better, longer, and healthier. To respond to this demand, Sherman Oaks Hospital developed a one-of-a-kind Comprehensive Senior Care Program. The new Center for Senior Care (CSC) provides for the physical, functional, psychological, and social needs of seniors; deliver preventive care; and address disease management of individuals 65 years of age and older.

The Center for Senior Care program at Sherman Oaks Hospital is an outpatient service led by a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Tammi Harris. Dr. Harris has dedicated her practice in geriatrics for more than 12 years. Her clinical experience includes care of seniors in acute care setting (hospitals), outpatient clinic, home health, hospice, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and assisted living. She has a passion for education and is committed to taking care of vulnerable populations.

The Center for Senior Care model utilizes a collaborative approach, involving appropriate disciplines to provide adequate care. Physicians, medical specialists, therapists, pharmacists, and other disciplines work cooperatively to manage the health needs of seniors. The program works with families by providing them with safety tips; and advisement on dealing and coping with aging adults. Indeed a critical feature of this service concerns the patient’s transition of care to home or other health care facilities. The involvement of CSC in the health continuum cycle extends beyond the outpatient setting. Care coordination is an essential feature of the program and is designed to adequately address priority health issues and prevent exacerbations or deteriorations that may worsen existing conditions and lead to complications.

“Senior healthcare has been a passion of mine. Our Center for Senior Care is an exciting new addition to our Comprehensive Senior Care Program which includes a Senior Emergency Department and Geriatric Inpatient Wing out of Encino Hospital Medical Center (EHMC). We employ best practices in care transitions to increase quality of life and reduce health related complications. Our senior care wellness assessment and evaluation looks beyond the physical symptoms and considers the psychosocial determinants of health.” “I am delighted to be on the ground level of such a focused, dedicated project and to be able to provide these highly desirable services for seniors in our area,” said Dr. Tammi Harris, Director of the Center for Senior Care and Comprehensive Senior Care Program.

Sherman Oaks Hospital will open the Center for Senior Care on October 5, 2015. Regular clinic hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. CSC offers comprehensive screenings, examinations, diagnostics, and medical consultations including psychotherapy, neurology, internal medicine, and others. CSC builds relationships among all care providers to remain connected to the patient’s progress. The aim of the program is for seniors to maintain independence and live life optimally.

New patients are being accepted and walk-ins are welcome.

“We are very excited and proud to establish the Center for Senior Care. This certainly reflects Prime Healthcare’s mission to provide comprehensive and quality healthcare for seniors.” “The new outpatient clinic is part of the hospital’s strategic plan to better serve its aging population,” says Dr. Sunny Bhatia, Chief Medical Officer at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical Center. “The care of patients in an integrated environment yields better health outcomes. Our goals are to improve the patient experience, enhance care coordination and ultimately enrich lives.”

The staff at the Center for Senior Care strives to provide compassionate, specialized, evidence based medical care for elders in a supportive environment. Seniors who are interested in becoming patients of the center or would like more information about CSC Transitional Outpatient Services are encouraged to call 818-817-3265 or go to http://www.shermanoakshospital.org.

Center for Senior Care
4911 Van Nuys Blvd., Ste 307
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Tel. 818-817-3265
Fax 818-478-2925
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