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Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Bronx

Bronx, NY (August 6, 2015) – As a healthcare provider deeply rooted in the Bronx, EssenMed House Calls is concerned, not only by the outbreak of the Legionnaires’ disease, but also the extent of the outbreak in the South Bronx. On high alert, EssenMed House Calls has been closely following reports of the largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ in New York City in at least three years. To date, seven people have fallen victim to this deadly disease while 86 more have contracted it. All of us at EssenMed House Calls and our affiliated companies Essen Medical Associates and MetroUrgiCare send out our deepest condolences to the families involved and grieve the loss of the seven individuals who passed away.

 Legionnaires’ disease, named after a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, is a respiratory bacterial infection contracted by inhaling mist from water systems where “legionella” bacteria thrive. Legionnaires’ disease is an airborne illness, meaning it cannot be passed from person to person.  Since the first reported case of Legionnaires’ disease this summer, officials have been attempting to locate the source of the outbreak. A wide-spread official investigation has found Legionnaires’ bacteria in five out of the 17 cooling towers in buildings across the South Bronx, including towers at the Opera House Hotel and the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. The other towers that tested positive are in the Verizon office building, Streamline Plastics Company and the Concourse Plaza, a mall near Yankee Stadium.

City officials are, however, still unable to confirm which cooling tower is responsible for the outbreak but have confirmed that all five of the affected buildings had been decontaminated. Re-assuring the public, Dr. Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, stated, “we are confident the investigation we’ve done has identified all the potential sources of the infection.”

You may have contracted Legionnaire’s if you suffer from flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, chills, and muscle ache, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and diarrhea. Seniors and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer, HIV are warned to be on high alert. These underlying medical conditions weaken the body’s immune system and place them at greater risk of contracting Legionnaires’.  If infection occurs, disease symptoms usually appear within two to ten days. Legionnaires’ is treatable with antibiotics and proper medical care.

We, therefore, urge anyone who suspects to be suffering from Legionnaire’s symptoms to immediately seek medical attention. If you need to be seen by a doctor immediately, you can visit MetroUrgiCare at 1550 University Avenue until 9PM during the week and until 5PM on weekends. You may also visit one of our many doctor offices in the Bronx. For more information about our office locations, please visit http://www.essenmd.com/. If you are physically or otherwise unable to leave your home, we encourage you to call EssenMed House Calls. EssenMed House Calls will promptly send a top-quality healthcare provider to treat you in the comfort and safety of your home.

For more information on EssenMED House Calls, call 718.294.6200 or visit www.essenmedhouscalls.org.

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Established in 2005, EssenMED House Calls serves as New York State’s largest medical house calls provider, caring for nearly 4,000 home-bound, elderly and/or disabled patients throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art mobile technology, EssenMED House Calls providers travel to patient homes in order to deliver high-quality, compassionate health that ensures patient safety and comfort.

 

 

 

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Local Centenarians Celebrate 106th and 107th Birthdays at EssenMED House Calls’ 10th Anniversary Celebration

Ms. Antonia Bodon (center) blows out candles with help from her grand-daughter Janette Clarillo, (second from right) and Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of EssenMED House Calls (left).

Ms. Antonia Bodon (center) blows out candles with help from her grand-daughter Janette Clarillo, (second from right) and Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of EssenMED House Calls (left).

Bronx, NY (July 14, 2015) – Two local Bronx centenarians celebrated early milestone birthdays during EssenMED House Calls’ 10 Year Anniversary Partner’s Breakfast held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Tosca Marquee located in the Bronx. Ms. Antonia Bodon, who will turn 107 and Ms. Melinda Ferrer, who will turn 106, are both home-bound individuals who depend on in-home medical care services provided by EssenMED House Calls.

The honorary breakfast not only acknowledged EssenMED House Calls’ 10th year of service, but also the partners, staff and patients who have contributed to the organization’s success. The morning’s festivities were made even more special when Bodon – who attended the event with her daughter, granddaughter and home health aide, and Ferrer – who participated from home via video-conference – were presented with certificates and individual birthday cakes celebrating their extraordinary lives.

Also in attendance was State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), who presented Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of EssenMED House Calls, with an official proclamation, not only recognizing EssenMED’s 10th anniversary, but also the organization’s commitment to providing comprehensive in-home medical care to the most medically underserved populations throughout New York City.

“I am proud to recognize EssenMED House Calls for all they do to provide New York City residents, especially those in the Bronx, with quality and vital healthcare services at home,” said Rivera. “The work they do day-in and day-out is a true testament of their commitment to caring for those who need it the most.”

Even more, esteemed partner Arthur Klein, MD, President of the Mount Sinai Health Network shared a few words, commending EssenMED House Calls for the work they have done, stating, “As someone who was born and raised in the Bronx, I wholly appreciate the professional, compassionate care that my fellow neighbors receive from EssenMED House Calls. We at Mount Sinai are proud to partner with such an organization that truly cares for the whole person.”

The remarkable longevity of Ferrer and Bodon is in no small part due to the extraordinary collaboration that takes place daily amongst families, caregivers, medical providers, and home care services – ensuring that seniors like them are well cared for and have the ability to remain in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible.

“Our goal is keep to these patients in their homes and in the best possible health for as long as they are able to live independently,” said Dr. Sahgal. “More often than not, costly emergency room visits serve as the only access to care for these home-bound individuals, and in many instances they’ll ping-pong between home and hospital, with some ultimately being admitted to nursing homes.” He continued, “Over the past decade, we’ve mastered the level of expertise required to provide high caliber care that these patient populations need and depend on to stay in their homes.”

The need for committed, primary care is especially vital in Bronx communities as a recent study ranked the Bronx 62nd out of 62 New York State counties in terms of health outcomes. Moreover, the Bronx currently has the highest percentage of individuals living with one or more disabilities out of the five boroughs, highlighting the vital need of in-home medical care for these populations.

“With my age and because I am in a wheelchair, it’s very difficult for me to move around or get out of the house,” said Bodon. “Every time I get a house call visit from EssenMED House Calls, I am treated kindly and with respect. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to get the care I need, so they really make it easier for me.”

EssenMed House Calls has been tending to the needs of the chronically-ill, elderly and homebound populations since 2005. The organization, which combines state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care right at patient bedsides, currently provides comprehensive medical care to nearly 4,000 patients throughout the five boroughs of NYC and Westchester. The organization’s success was recently noted with Dr. Sahgal’s recognition as House Call Doctor of the Year by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine as well as his receipt of the Community Leadership Award by the Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester.

For more information on EssenMED House Calls, call 718.294.6200 or visit www.essenmedhouscalls.org.

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Bronx12 Captures EssenMED House Calls’ Special 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

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THE BRONX – EssenMED House Calls, which has been providing necessary health care to thousands of New Yorkers, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The honorary breakfast was held at Tosca Marquee on East Tremont Avenue.

The Bronx-based organization provides medical house calls to nearly 4,000 patients across the city and Westchester. State Sen. Gustavo Rivera presented a proclamation honoring the company’s decade of service.

Click here to view footage of the celebration, including a special birthday celebration of one of the company’s oldest patients.

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New York State’s Largest House Calls Provider Celebrates 10 Years of Providing Vital Health Care to Homebound Patients

Bronx, NY (June 24, 2015) – On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, EssenMED House Calls celebrated 10 years of providing vital health care services to home-bound, elderly and disabled populations throughout New York City and Westchester.

“Celebrating 10 years of providing care to some of the city’s most vulnerable populations is an outstanding milestone for EssenMED House Calls,” said Founder and Chief Medical Officer Sumir Sahgal, MD. “During this past decade, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that innovative, high-quality health care is accessible to all individuals, especially underserved populations such as the chronically ill, frail, elderly and disabled, who are often overlooked in a constantly-changing health care environment.”

Sahgal, who was recently recognized as “House Calls Doctor of the Year” by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, founded EssenMED House Calls in 2005 as a means of caring for some of his frailest, elderly patients who had discontinued in-office visits. Many of these patients had gone to nursing homes because they could no longer care for themselves, while others had either moved away to be cared for by family, or were just too frail or ill to leave their homes altogether.

Over the years, what started off as a service providing house calls to just 40 patients in the Bronx, transformed into an organization that utilizes the latest state-of-the-art mobile technology to provide comprehensive care to nearly 4,000 homebound patients, over 50 of whom are centenarians, in the comfort of their own homes, making it the largest house calls provider in New York State. Setting it apart from its competitors, the organization offers a broad range of services that most others don’t provide, including primary and specialty care, chronic disease management, coordinated home care services, diagnostic testing and imaging, and interim care. Additionally, EssenMED boasts two unique programs that go above and beyond just regular in-home medical visits: its Care Management Program and Transition of Care (TOC) Program.

The Care Management Program addresses the various socioeconomic and environmental needs that affect health outcomes of patients by assigning a Nurse Care Manager who serves as a patient’s central point of contact and assesses the need for various services such as home health aides, skilled nursing, medical equipment and supplies, transportation, home-delivered meals, and specialty care referrals.

The Transition of Care Program is a 30-day post-discharge management program designed to help patients transition back into the community following a hospital or other health care facility admission. Through an in-home visit and telephonic follow-ups, the program monitors patients for 30 days, during the critical time period when complications leading to avoidable readmissions are more likely to develop.

Furthermore, as a sought-after community health partner, EssenMED has fostered collaborative partnerships with a number of reputable hospitals and health care agencies, including Mount Sinai Hospital, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Saint Barnabas Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital, R.A.I.N, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Westchester, and JASA, just to name a few.  Through these relationships, EssenMED cares for and provides TOC services to recently-discharged patients of these facilities, ensuring that patients receive the care necessary to help them safely transition from facility to home.

For more information on EssenMED House Calls, call 718.294.6200 or visit www.essenmedhouscalls.org.

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EssenMED House Calls Medical Director Honored as House Calls Doctor of the Year by American Academy of Home Care Medicine

Bronx, New York (May 15, 2015): EssenMED House Calls is proud to announce that its Medical Director Sumir Sahgal, MD was honored by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) with the House Calls Doctor of the Year Award. The award was presented to Dr. Sahgal at AAHCM’s Annual Scientific Meeting which took place on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

“I am honored to have been chosen as House Call Doctor of the Year by AAHCM,” said Sahgal. This prestigious award recognizes the collective efforts of all our EssenMED House Calls colleagues who work together to ensure that we continue to provide excellent, state-of-the-art medical care to home-bound patients.”

Dr. Sahgal was chosen to receive the award in recognition of his “commitment to caring for home-bound patients and for his continued dedication to the field of home care medicine.”

As the largest house calls service in New York State, EssenMED House Calls provides a broad range of in-home medical and diagnostic services for elderly and home-bound patients. In addition to providing house calls as well as in-office care to patients, Sahgal is also the company’s founder, where he oversees a team of medical providers, case managers and auxiliary staff who work together to deliver seamless in-home medical care as well as social services to patients across the five boroughs of NYC and Westchester.

Sumir Sahgal, MD, is a board-certified internist and also serves as chief medical officer of Essen Medical Associates, P.C., a comprehensive multi-specialty medical group with seven offices in the Bronx; and Metro UrgiCare, an urgent care facility specializing in the rapid treatment of non-emergency medical care. Dr. Sahgal earned his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. He also completed his Internal Medicine Residency training program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, and earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from New York University. He currently serves as the chief medical officer of Balance Accountable Care Organization and is a leader and member of several medical societies and organizations.

For more information about EssenMED House Calls, please visit www.essenmedhousecalls.org or call 718.294.6200. For more information on American Academy of Home Care Medcine, visit www.aahcm.org.

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EssenMED House Calls Medical Director to Receive Community Leadership Award from Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester

Bronx, New York (April 23, 2015): EssenMED House Calls is proud to announce that its Medical Director Sumir Sahgal, MD will be honored by Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester (VSNW) with the Community Leadership Award for his efforts to raise the standards of patient care, especially for chronically ill home-bound patients. The award will be presented to Dr. Sahgal at VNSW’s Annual Spring Benefit Gala taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

“I am truly humbled to have been chosen as the 2015 Community Leadership Award recipient,” stated Dr. Sahgal. “It has and continues to be a privilege to work collaboratively with VSNW, as we both share the same vision of providing high-quality, compassionate home care. Our companies work each and every day to in order to improve the health care model, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together.”

Dr. Sahgal was chosen to receive the award in recognition of his “dedication to providing critically-needed medical care to elderly patients in their homes, as well as for his early adoption of Electronic Health Records, both of which stand as models for the health care community through their success in reducing costs and keeping patients out of the hospital.”

As the largest house calls service in New York State, EssenMED House Calls provides a broad spectrum of in-home medical and diagnostic services for elderly and home-bound patients. The organization also works to forge collaborative partnerships with home nursing and attendant agencies such as VNSW, as well as local hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in order to benefit those who are also critically ill or disabled. As medical director, Dr. Sahgal oversees a team of medical providers, case managers and auxiliary staff who work together to deliver seamless in-home medical care as well as additional social services to patients across the five boroughs of NYC and Westchester. As a practicing physician, he also provides house calls to home-bound individuals while also providing in-office care to patients at his Bronx-based medical offices.

Sumir Sahgal, MD, is a board-certified internist and also serves as chief medical officer of Essen Medical Associates, P.C., a comprehensive multi-specialty medical group with seven offices in the Bronx; and Metro UrgiCare, an urgent care facility specializing in the rapid treatment of non-emergency medical care. Dr. Sahgal earned his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. He also completed his Internal Medicine Residency training program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, and earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from New York University. He currently serves as the chief medical officer of Balance Accountable Care Organization and is a leader and member of several medical societies and organizations.

For more information about EssenMED House Calls, please visit www.essenmedhousecalls.org or call 718.294.6200. For more information on Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester, visit www.vns.org.

 

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EssenMED House Calls to Launch Telemedicine Pilot Program to Improve Quality of Care for Underserved, Chronically Ill Patients

Bronx, New York (April 14, 2015): EssenMED House Calls, New York State’s largest house calls provider, has announced plans to implement a Telemedicine Pilot Program in order to improve the quality of patient care while reducing associated costs among some of its most chronically ill and underserved patients. The program is expected to pilot early summer.

“Health care and technology are continuously evolving and at EssenMED House Calls, we’re doing our part to keep up with such advancements for the benefit of our patients,” said Sumir Sahgal, MD, Medical Director of EssenMED House Calls and Essen Medical Associates, PC. “Through this program, we hope to collect vital data that will help determine the effectiveness of telemedicine as a tool in improving the quality of care while also reducing the cost of such care within underserved patient populations, especially those who are home-bound.”

The Telemedicine Pilot Program will target the highest-cost, most chronically-ill of EssenMED House Calls’ patient population, particularly those who have been diagnosed with one or more morbidities such as hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic heart failure (CHF) or diabetes mellitus type II. The objective of the program is to increase quality of care, reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, and ultimately improve patient compliance with care treatment plans.

Utilizing state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, physicians will conduct a number of individual monthly consultations with patients. Some consultations will require a specialized technician to visit the patient home equipped with a telemedicine kit comprising a laptop, portable EKG monitor, spirometer, dermatoscope, otoscope, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff and digital stethoscope which will measure vitals and send data directly to an electronic health records system, all while the medical provider supervises and evaluates the patient via VSee™, a telemedicine video conferencing platform. Others will be conducted solely over VSee™ and will consist of an interchange between the patient and the provider in order to establish a patient care management plan and provide patient and caregiver education.

The telemedicine pilot program is being spearheaded by Dr. Sahgal, with the assistance of two Essen Clinical Researchers, Charles Odom, MD and Silvio Grasso, MD.

“This program is one of the very few out there,” said Sahgal. “Through this innovative program, we want to address the needs of our patient population – those who are underserved, who may not have access to quality health care for any number of reasons.” He added, “Telemedicine offers a number of fundamental benefits, four of the most important being 1.) Improved access to quality care, 2.) Reduced care cost and increased care efficiency, 3.) Improved care quality, and 4.) Meeting patient demands.”

A poster presentation of Essen’s Telemedicine Pilot Program was exhibited by doctors Sahgal, Odom and Grasso at the 12th Annual Doctor’s Recognition Day Symposium, Poster Presentations and Physician’s Exposition on March 25, 2015, where it was awarded second place in the category of “Research and Quality Improvement”.

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Essen Health Care Colleagues Recognized at 12th Annual Doctor’s Recognition Day Symposium, Poster Presentations and Physician’s Expo

Congratulations to Charles Odom and Silvio Goris, two International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with Essen Health Care, whose poster presentations were awarded second place in the category of “Research and Quality Improvement” for their presentation entitled “Improving Quality of Care in Underserved Areas of New York with Implementation of Telemedicine” at the 12th Annual Doctor’s Recognition Day Symposium, Poster Presentations and Physician’s Exposition, which took place on Wednesday, March 25.

During the event’s closing ceremony, Dr. Ananth Shankar, a cardiologist with Essen Medical Associates, PC, was recognized by the Bronx County Medical Society and awarded the “Peer to Peer Excellence in Medicine Award” for his contributions to enriching the lives of patients through exemplary care and dedication.

Congratulations to our extraordinary Essen colleagues!

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