Dr. Judith Berger, director of infectious diseases at SBH, speaks to News 12 the Bronx about the increase incidence of flu in New York City and the importance of being vaccinated.
Healthcare organizations throughout the country are being challenged to change the way patient care is both being provided and measured in terms of value. The ability to provide integrated care, coordinated across both inpatient and outpatient settings, with special emphasis on access to primary care services and support for chronic disease management, is becomingly increasingly important. This transformation is a major shift from what much of the healthcare world is used to. Required are both a change in culture, as well as infrastructure, to best understand and foster progress towards the fulfillment of these new goals and expectations.
SBH primary care physicians are available at multiple locations for general medical care and follow-up, and have extensive experience in the care of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, asthma/COPD, kidney disease and other common medical conditions. Referrals are available to all required specialists, and resources are also available to help promote health literacy, awareness and chronic disease management.
SBH hospital-based physicians (hospitalists) are available for acute or emergency medical issues requiring hospitalization and treatment. These physicians are assigned to deal with the care of patients in the hospital, and have experience with advanced medical problems related to all diseases. During your hospital stay, they will coordinate your care, communicate with your primary physician if you have one, and provide instructions for you to follow-up at the time of hospital discharge.
All faculty within the Division of General Internal Medicine are board eligible/board certified in internal medicine, and have been trained at numerous high-quality educational programs around the world. They are eligible for academic appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the CUNY School of Medicine and responsible for the training of medical students, medical residents, and other medical professionals. They are also involved in areas related to quality improvement and medical scholarship, and are well published in the medical literature.
Despite the ongoing challenges in healthcare delivery in this new millennium, we are very excited for the future of healthcare in our community. While our vision and development plan is clearly a long-term one, there are many building blocks in place – namely, we are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated group of faculty hospitalists and ambulatory internists, growing infrastructural support and opportunity for collaboration with Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities within the NYS DSRIP program. We have strong academic partners in both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and newly established CUNY School of Medicine, and an institutional commitment to population health management and perpetual service to our community. While the years ahead will certainly be dynamic, we look forward with great anticipation to our journey ahead, and have every expectation that we will continue to be a positive force in improving the lives and health of our patients and community together.