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Meet Dr. Z

Dr. Cheryl Ziemba joins Cedar Crest’s health care team

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December 20th, 2011

Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., welcomes Dr. Cheryl Ziemba as its new assistant medical director. Dr. Z as community members call her brings 15 years of experience in internal medicine and geriatrics to the community s on-site medical center. She says Cedar Crest s interdisciplinary approach to geriatrics appealed to her, and she looks forward to working in a continuum of care environment.

One-stop shop

Ziemba aims to identify her patients health goals and work with the medical center s comprehensive team to best accomplish those goals. Most importantly, she says, The resident is part of that team, which allows for their autonomy. She adds: The continuum of care here is one of the beauties of geriatrics. It s challenging and rewarding across different settings, and it s delightful to see someone all the way through their rehab. For example, she says, In an outside setting, such as ambulatory care, one may not have access to an internist, a social worker, dietitian, rehab. But here, we have a full complement of services to address patients needs and get everything lined up before the patient even leaves the appointment. It s a one-stop shop, which makes the whole experience less overwhelming. The amount of time allotted for each appointment also appeals to Ziemba. It s very generous, she says. We allow 30 minutes for an appointment, whereas ambulatory practices only allow 15 minutes. In addition, Cedar Crest designates appointment slots each day to accommodate urgent care. If someone wakes up with a cough, they are seen immediately as opposed to waiting a few days, Ziemba says.

From professional ' to personal

Board certified, Ziemba received her undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish from Queens College. After receiving her medical degree from the Universidad National Pedro Henriquez Urena, in the Dominican Republic, she interned at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, N.J. Following her residency there, she took a geriatric fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Ziemba enjoys geriatric medicine because it requires multiple skill sets from in-depth knowledge of adult medicine to medication management to communication skills. When she s not at Cedar Crest, Ziemba enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and playing and watching sports like tennis, volleyball, and swimming.