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NYC REACH MUVers Invited to Health IT White House Town Hall

For more information, please see the NYC Health Primary Care Information Project Bulletin from July 2012.

white_houseOn June 18, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) hosted a Health IT Vanguard Conference. Champion New York City providers that have shown marked improvements in patient health through the use of health information technology (HIT) were recently invited to Washington D.C to share best practices and experiences with electronic health records (EHRs) adoption and implementation.

NYC REACH members included: Dr. Sumir Sahgal and office manager Ms. Imelda Tavas, Dr. Frank Maselli and office manager Ms. Cathy Franzetti, Dr. Michele Reed, and Dr. Hunter McQuistion. They were among the 82 providers from across the country whose progress in HIT was recognized by the White House and HHS.

These select NYC REACH member providers of the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUVers) discussed solutions for a variety of HIT barriers, including privacy and security and the challenges of building systems that can “talk to each other.” Some discussed ways of leveraging HIT to promote better health in communities and achieve improved population health outcomes.

2013-03-20_141001At the White House HIT Town Hall on the next day, senior White House and HHS officials discussed progress and barriers to a national Health IT system with MUVers in attendance. In addition to discussing the meaningful use of EHRs, providers shared their insight on the important role that HIT programs, such as the Regional Extension Centers (RECs), have played in helping them implement EHRs.

Over 132,000 primary care providers, almost half in the country, are partnering with RECs to overcome the significant barriers that primary care providers face in EHR adoption. Congratulations to all NYC REACH providers, clinical staff, office managers, and all other key practice staff for such an important recognition.

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Essen Medical Associates, P.C. Highlighted at Health IT Vanguard Conference Hosted by White House

White House and Department of Health & Human Services Invite Bronx Medical Practice to Share Best Practices on Implementing Health Information Technology
Essen Medical Associates, P.C. Highlighted at Health IT Vanguard Conference
Hosted by White House

drswh(Washington, D.C., June 19, 2012) – Senior officials from the Obama Administration and Department of Health & Human Services hosted back-to-back events to discuss how health information technology can improve quality care and patient health. Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, and Ms. Imelda Tavas, Practice Administrator, representing Essen Medical Associates, P.C., were among the 90 nationwide health care providers, from 34 states, invited as Health IT Vanguards.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was also on hand to acknowledge the efforts of those who have implemented eHR, achieved Meaningful Use and continue to promote HIT.

“As an early recipient of the federal Meaningful Use incentive payments for physicians, we recognized early on the potential of EHRs to help provide better patient care, prevent medical errors, reduce health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, and expand access to quality affordable health care. We continuously strive to make improvements and implement strategies that facilitate safer, better coordinated and patient-centered care for our patients; leveraging new health information technologies is but one key way we seek to achieve these objectives. Improvements in patient care are particularly important due to the poor health states of the medically underserved, high-cost, high-need communities that we serve. We are honored to have been recognized as a HIT leader and invited to share our insights and experience,” said Dr. Sahgal.

Dr. Mostashari singled out Dr. Sahgal for his exemplary work and leadership in HIT implementation, specifically referencing his active participation and leadership in the New York Page 2 of 2 City Department of Health’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP). Dr. Sahgal currently serves on the PCIP advisory board, which seeks to improve population health through health information technology and data exchange.

For more information about Essen Medical Associates, P.C., please visit www.essenmd.com or visit www.essenmedhousecalls.org for information about EssenMED House Calls.

About Essen Medical Associates, P.C.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Sumir Sahgal to address the need for easily accessible primary care by underserved communities in the South Bronx, Essen Medical Associates, P.C. is a comprehensive multi-specialty medical group with medical offices located throughout the Bronx. Demand has been such that the practice has grown from one to five offices (and counting) over the last 10 years. As one of the initial practices to have achieved ‘Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home’ designation in New York by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Essen’s mission is to provide highest quality care to patients; it does so by combining the latest advances in medicine and patient-centered compassionate care with the latest information technology, such as electronic medical records and e-prescriptions. These measures have even earned Dr. Sahgal and Essen Medical recognition from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York Health Commissioners of both the city and state. With more than 30 healthcare providers, Essen Medical Associates providers tend to the medical needs of patients in over twenty medical facilities, including Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and five multi-specialty offices. Essen Medical Physicians are Board Certified and/or Board eligible.

About EssenMED House Calls:

EssenMED House Calls Service (formerly House Call Medical Service of New York) has over seven years of experience caring for frail elderly homebound patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester. EssenMED operates the largest private medical house call programs in the State of New York. Since launching in 2005, EssenMED has expanded its services beyond primary care and now provides wound care and podiatry visits; currently a team of seven providers, including a wound care specialist and podiatrist, cares for more than 1,500 homebound patients. Utilizing state-of-the art technology to efficiently deliver high quality care, EssenMED providers travel to patient homes equipped with a laptop to access electronic health records, order diagnostic tests, and send prescriptions electronically while still at the patient’s bedside. EssenMED staff work with patients and their caregivers to develop a customized plan of care, which may include arranging for additional in-home services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, and delivery of durable medical equipment and medications. Coordination of in-home diagnostics tests and referrals to specialist are also arranged when necessary.

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Dr. Denny Martin, Associate Medical Director, EssenMED House Calls, Honored with 2012 “Peer-to-Peer” Excellence in Medicine Award by the Bronx County Medical Society

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Dr. Denny Martin, Associate Medical Director, EssenMED House Calls, Honored with 2012 “Peer-to-Peer” Excellence in Medicine Award by the Bronx County Medical Society

(Bronx, New York, March 29, 2012) – The Bronx County Medical Society presented Dr. Denny Martin, Associate Medical Director of EssenMED House Calls Service, with 2012 “Peerto-Peer” Excellence in Medicine Award at last night’s 9th Annual National Doctors’ Recognition Day Symposium, Poster Presentations & Physicians Exposition hosted by the Bronx County Medical Society, Westchester County Medical Society, and the New York Chapter American College of Physicians at the at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. The Award recognizes the contribution of physicians who have enriched the lives of their patients through exemplary care and dedication. “In the short time Dr. Martin has been a part of Essen Medical Associates and EssenMED House Calls, he has had a tremendous influence on the care of nursing home residents as well as chronically-ill homebound senior citizens. His innovative approach to care includes providing wound care and PEG tube replacement for frail elderly patients in the comfort of their own homes,” said Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, Essen Medical Associates and EssenMED House Calls. “His contributions to the practice and to the wellbeing of his patients have been invaluable.”

Established in 1898, the Bronx County Medical Society strives to encourage and stimulate the highest standards of integrity. Part of their mission and vision is to engage actively, with the community, in the preservation and improvement of public health and to foster contact, collegiality, and collaboration among members and within the community. “I feel privileged to be included among such an outstanding group of physicians who are being honored with this award. I thoroughly enjoy working to make an impact on the health and lives of my patients especially since they are some of the frailest and most vulnerable patients in the community. The sincere and effusive thanks I frequently receive from patients and their caretakers are what carry me through long grueling work day,” said Dr. Martin.

A neurosurgeon by training, Dr. Martin joined Essen Medical Associates’ Nursing Home Division and EssenMED House Calls in 2011. Dr. Martin, and the more than 25 providers that now form part of Essen Medical, care for patients in medical offices, nursing homes, hospital rooms, and in many cases their own homes. Shortly after joining EssenMed House Calls, the largest private practice medical house call program in the five borough area, Dr. Martin put his surgical background to work by launching a Wound Care program. In addition to in-home primary care, the service now offers comprehensive wound care that includes bedside Page 2 of 2 debridement to remove infected tissue. To date the program has had a tremendous success rate in healing long-term non-healing wounds. Dr. Martin is also able to perform at-home PEG tube replacements, preventing the hospital admissions typically required to perform the procedure. EssenMED House Calls’ newly enhanced services are allowing countless seniors to be treated with dignity in the comfort of their homes.

For more information about EssenMED House Calls, please visit www.essenmedhousecalls.org or visit www.essenmd.com for information about Essen Medical Associates, P.C.

About EssenMED House Calls:

EssenMED House Calls (formerly House Call Medical Services of New York) has over six years experience caring for frail elderly homebound patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Westchester. EssenMED operates the largest private medical house call programs in the State of New York. Since launching in 2005, EssenMED has conducted over 16,500 patient visits; currently a team of seven providers, including a wound care specialist and podiatrist, cares for more than 1,500 homebound patients. Utilizing state-of-the art technology to efficiently deliver high quality care, EssenMED providers travel to patient homes equipped with a laptop to access electronic health records, order diagnostic tests, and send prescriptions electronically while still at the patient’s bedside. EssenMED staff work with patients and their caregivers to develop a customized plan of care, which may include arranging for additional inhome services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, and delivery of durable medical equipment and medications. Coordination of in-home diagnostics tests and referrals to specialist are also arranged when necessary.

About Essen Medical Associates, P.C.:

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Essen Medical Associates, P.C. is a comprehensive multispecialty medical group with various medical offices located throughout the Bronx. As one of the initial practices to have achieved ‘Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home’ designation in New York by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Essen’s mission is to provide highest quality care to patients by combining latest advances in medicine, patient-centered compassionate care with latest information technology such as electronic medical records and eprescriptions. With over 25 healthcare providers, Essen Medical Associates providers tend to the medical needs of patients in twenty medical facilities which include Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and six multi-specialty offices. Essen Medical Physicians are Board Certified and/or Board eligible.

 

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Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, Honored with Community Service Award

Media Contact:
Patricia Tobon, Manger Business Development
House Call Medical Services of New York
Tel: (718) 294-6200
Email: ptobon@nyhcms.org

Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, House Call Medical Services of New York & Essen Medical Associates, P.C., Honored with 2011 Community Service Award from Alpine Home Health Care

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Presents Inaugural Award to Dr. Sumir Sahgal at Alpine Home Health Care Awards Ceremony

(Bronx, New York, December 8, 2011) – Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. presented Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director of House Call Services of New York, with Alpine Home Health Care’s Inaugural 2011 Community Service Award at the last night’s Award Ceremony hosted by Alpine Home Health Care at Villa Barone Manor in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.

The Award recognizes Dr. Sahgal’s “inspirational dedication to providing quality accessible medical services to residents of the South Bronx for over the past 12 years, and for his innovative exploration of novel means of brining comprehensive care to the bedsides of some of the most vulnerable residents in the community.”

“The time and effort Dr. Sahgal puts into ensuring that Bronx residents have proper health care and are attended to, is not only note worthy, but it is inspirational. The work that he does for the community supersedes the call of the duty and therefore makes him extremely deserving of this award,” said Moshe Adelman, Alpine’s Director of Community Development.

In 1999, Dr. Sahgal established his primary care practice, Essen Medical Associates, P.C., to address the need for easily accessible primary care by underserved communities in the South Bronx. Demand has been such that the practice has grown from one to five offices (and counting) over the last 10 years. This significant expansion has also been possible because of Dr. Sahgal’s foresight in adopting new technologies and practice protocols to ensure a high standard of patient care. These measures have even earned him recognition from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York Health Commissioners of both the city and state.

Dr. Sahgal, and the more than 25 providers that now form part of Essen Medical Associates, have taken patient care beyond the medical office. Providing true continuity of care, Essen physicians currently also care for patients in their own homes, hospital rooms, and in many cases nursing homes. In 2005, Dr. Sahgal established House Call Medical Services of New York to bring primary care into patient homes. Currently the largest private practice medical house call program in the five borough area, the program provides comprehensive primary care for frail Page 2 of 2 elderly homebound and has allowed countless Bronx seniors to be treated with dignity in the comfort of their homes.

“It is truly an honor to be the recipient of this Community Service Award. I firmly believe that primary care is a basic right to which every person is entitled; our medical offices and house call service are a natural extension of ensuring this right. We strive to provide health care in every possible setting. House calls serve the most vulnerable and frail homebound population and our various medical offices allow for increased access points in the community. We are honored to be recognized this evening for our seamless delivery of health care. This award will fuel our drive for continued excellence,” said Dr. Sahgal.

For more information about House Call Medical Services of New York, please visit www.nyhcms.org or visit www.essenmd.com for information about Essen Medical Associates, P.C.

About House Call Medical Services of New York:

House Calls Medical Services of New York (HCMSNY) has over six years experience caring for frail elderly homebound patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Westchester. HCMSNY operates the largest private medical house call programs in the State of New York. Since launching in 2005, HCMSNY has conducted over 16,500 patient visits; currently a team of seven providers, including a wound care specialist and podiatrist, cares for more than 1,400 homebound patients. Utilizing state-of-the art technology to efficiently deliver high quality care, HCMSNY providers travel to patient homes equipped with a laptop to access electronic health records, order diagnostic tests, and send prescriptions electronically while still at the patient’s bedside. HCMSNY staff work with patients and their caregivers to develop a customized plan of care, which may include arranging for additional in-home services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, and delivery of durable medical equipment and medications. Coordination of in-home diagnostics tests and referrals to specialist are also arranged when necessary.

About Essen Medical Associates, P.C.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Essen Medical Associates, P.C. is a comprehensive multispecialty medical group with 5 medical offices located throughout the Bronx. As one of the initial practices to have achieved ‘Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home’ designation in New York by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Essen’s mission is to provide highest quality care to patients by combining latest advances in medicine, patient-centered compassionate care with latest information technology such ad electronic medical records and eprescriptions. With more than 25 healthcare providers, Essen Medical Associates provides tend to the medical needs of patients in twenty medical facilities which include Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and five multi-specialty offices. Essen Medical Physicians are Board Certified and/or Board eligible.

 

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107-year-old Bronx resident looks back on a life well lived

Source: NY Daily News

107-year-old Bronx resident looks back on a life well lived
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / DAILY NEWS WRITER

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011, 1:32 PM

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Times are tough in the Bronx in these days of recession and 12% unemployment.

But Louise (Big Momma) Mitchell, who turned 107 last Sunday, has survived hardships that people today can barely imagine.

Born in the Deep South town of Warrenton, Ga., in 1904, Mitchell went to work picking cotton at the age of 5.

“I had to work in the field with my hands when I was so small,” said Mitchell, sitting in her Morris Heights living room with a warm blanket draped over her blue dress.

“I had to work in the field, and not a penny to show for it.”

Mitchell, perhaps the oldest resident of the Bronx, celebrated her birthday last Thursday at House Call Medical Services of New York in Mount Hope.

Founded in 2005, House Call sends doctors to visit fragile homebound patients such as Mitchell.

“When people are too sick to visit the doctor, they usually end up in the hospital,” said Sumir Sahgal, director of the service. “We reduce hospitalization by 56%, and that saves the government money.”

Mitchell is House Call’s oldest patient, Sahgal said, patting her shoulder and smiling.

The concept is old-fashioned, but House Call doctors use new technology on the job.

When Sahgal visited Mitchell recently, he took notes on a tablet computer linked to his office by wireless Internet.

The house calls have been a relief for Mitchell’s goddaughter, Rena Chinhenzva.

“For years, we literally had to carry her to the doctor,” she said.

Mitchell received no formal education after the third grade. She toiled instead, first in the cotton fields and later in the home of a wealthy white landowner, washing clothes.

She has some trouble recalling details about her past, but not the harsh nature of life for poor black women decades ago.

“I grew up to a lady – [going] from job to job – always with nothing,” she said softly.

Mitchell moved to New Jersey as a young adult to work as a housekeeper. She later cooked and cleaned for wealthy Jewish households in Manhattan.

She lived through the Depression and two world wars.

Now frail and thin, Mitchell had a “bubbly” way about her then and was a snappy dresser, said Chinhenzva. The women she worked for gave her clothes to wear.

Mitchell lived in Harlem and on Kelly St. in the South Bronx and became a fixture at Harlem’s Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

She married and widowed twice, with no children. But she loved children and gave freely to the tykes in her neighborhood, handing out candy and slipping them money for food, Chinhenzva said.

“She always had pound cakes that she baked, and butterscotch candy,” said Carl Sumpter, her grandnephew.

Mitchell worked until she was 85 years old.

“There was no such thing as retirement,” she said.

She now lives at River Park Towers, between the Harlem River and the Major Deegan Expressway, in an apartment with a 3-st-floor view of the Bronx. Her home health aide keeps her company.

“I have nothing to be thankful for other than the Lord,” Mitchell said. “I want to tell young people today to be grateful and go to school.

“They should pray to God their life isn’t hard like mine.”

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EssenMED of New York Honored with Proclamation from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

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House Call Medical Services of New York Honored with Proclamation from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

House Call Medical Services of New York celebrates Proclamation in Conjunction with 107th Birthday of Service’s Eldest Patient

(Bronx, New York, September 8, 2011) – Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. will proclaim Thursday, September 15, 2011 as “House Call Medical Services of New York Day.” Melissa Cebollero, Director of Health and Human Services for the Bronx Borough President’s office will present the Proclamation to Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director of House Call Medical Services of New York, on September 15th at 10:00 am at Essen Medical Associates, located at 2024 Creston Avenue in the Bronx.

The Proclamation recognizes House Call Medical Service of New York’s longstanding commitment to providing much needed medical care to some of the most chronically-ill and vulnerable residents of the Bronx. The service, which brings personalized comprehensive primary care services to patient bedsides, has allowed countless homebound Bronx seniors to be treated with dignity in the comfort of their homes.

As part of the day’s festivities, House Call Medical Services of New York will be celebrating yet another milestone – the 107th birthday of Louise Mitchell, the service’s eldest patient (and certainly one of the Bronx’s oldest residents). Along with regular visits from House Call Medical Services, Ms. Mitchell, who turns 107 on September 11th, continues to live independently with the assistance of home health aides and regular supervision by family members.

“I feel very proud for what this recognition represents. It is truly a privilege to be honored by the Bronx Borough President’s Office for a service that I feel is a natural extension of providing adequate access to care for all members of the community,” said Dr. Sahgal. “As our guest of honor, Ms. Mitchell embodies the primary objective of the services we provide – allowing elderly homebound seniors to reside in their homes for as long as their health allows.” Page 2 of 2 Through regularly scheduled physician home visits, medication management, and care coordination, House Call Medical Services of New York providers tend to the primary care needs of chronically ill homebound patients. In providing this essential service, they are able to intervene at critical points and help avoid costly visits to emergency rooms and admissions into hospitals.

For more information about House Call Medical Services of New York, please visit www.nyhcms.com.

About House Call Medical Services of New York:

House Calls Medical Services of New York (HCMSNY) has over six years experience caring for frail elderly homebound patients in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Westchester. HCMSNY operates one of the largest private medical house call programs in the State of New York. Since launching in 2005, HCMSNY has conducted over 16,500 patient visits; currently a team of five providers cares for more than 1,300 homebound elderly patients. Utilizing state-of-the art technology to efficiently deliver high quality care, HCMSNY providers travel to patient homes equipped with a laptop to access electronic health records, order diagnostic tests, and send prescriptions electronically while still at the patient’s bedside. HCMSNY staff work with patients and their caregivers to develop a customized plan of care, which may include arranging for additional in-home services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, and delivery of durable medical equipment and medications. Coordination of inhome diagnostics tests and referrals to specialist are also arranged when necessary.

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