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Taking health care to the next level

Whole team approach for the whole patient

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January 28th, 2014
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With only weeks until the grand opening of Ponds’ new continuing care neighborhood, an expert team of medical professionals—all leaders in their area of expertise—are busily preparing to provide the highest level of patient-centered care.

“We are very excited to bring to life the holistic model that encompasses every aspect of an individual and not just their medical diagnosis,” says Amy Grossman, Ashby Ponds’ director of continuing care. “The team members are energized about learning each and every resident’s preferences and routines.  By simulating an environment of familiarity and comfort, we are confident that residents will not only be happy but also enjoy a high quality of life.” 

Leading the charge

A team of leaders in the fields of nursing, rehabilitation, and program management will bring the best in patient-centered care to Ashby Ponds.

This month, Alberta Momoh, R.N., M.S.N., joins the team as the director of nursing. With more than 25 years of gerontological nursing and management experience, Momoh previously served as the director of nursing at Greenspring’s continuing care neighborhood, Ashby Ponds’ sister Erickson Living community, in Springfield, Va. Most recently, Momoh spent time assisting Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community in Dallas, Tex., with the start up of their new continuing care neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alberta to our team,” says Grossman. “She will play a key role in bringing our person-centered philosophies to Ashby Ponds’ continuing care neighborhood.”

Also coming from a distinguished five-year career at Greenspring, Ashby Ponds welcomes Katelyn Grant, R.N., L.N.H.A., as the assisted living manager. In this role, she is responsible for meeting the social needs of the residents while ensuring the highest quality of care.

“I’m excited to meet the residents and their families,” says Grant. “My favorite part of my job is getting to know the residents, discovering what makes them happy, and ensuring that we make each day great for them.” 

Unique programs

Ensuring that the residents at Ashby Ponds’ continuing care neighborhood have activities and opportunities to explore their interests, program manager Katherine Knoble is responsible for creating an environment that promotes and supports an active, healthy, and independent lifestyle.

“Our programs will be customized for each resident,” says Knoble, a certified activities director with more than 20 years’ experience in health care. “Our therapeutic and recreational activities will stimulate their physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Residents will enjoy many choices, including music and art therapy, brain fitness exercises, continuing education classes, and gardening.”  

Knoble will also be responsible for developing volunteer programs at the new neighborhood.

“We already have many individuals and groups at Ashby Ponds who are eagerly awaiting sharing their gifts at the new neighborhood,” she says.

Back on their feet again

Rehabilitation manager Aashee Gupta aims to get residents back up on their feet again. She manages inpatient rehabilitation at the continuing care neighborhood as well as outpatient rehabilitation at Ashby Ponds. 

With a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the New York Institute of Technology, Gupta served as the rehabilitation manager at a community in Fair Oaks, Va., for the past five years. 

“The residents I work with will always come first,” says Gupta. “My rehabilitation team will always provide resident-centered care. To that end, residents will be active participants in establishing their rehabilitation goals with their therapists.” 

Starting a new trend

In an age when most health care facilities focus solely on a patient’s diagnosis and medical remedy, the continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds strives to provide much more. 

“Our focus on resident-centered care means that we make it a priority to learn about each resident as a person,” says Grossman. “Health care needs will be met in a comfortable and meaningful way resulting in overall satisfaction. 

“The team is thrilled for the opportunity to share their unique talents and gifts with the residents in continuing care. In doing so, we will elevate the health care services at Ashby Ponds to the next level. We look forward to making each and every day a great one for our residents.”

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