Celebration 2006: The A.R.T. of Healthy Living
- UT Health Northeast is pleased that funding from Mr. and Mrs. James Fair has already been received to support the A.R.T. Unit Activity Room, which will be located in the center court of the unit. This will be a multi-purpose room of about 300 to 400 square feet where families can visit with their loved ones and where patients can meet to enjoy television or participate in recreational activities while they recover.
- The Senior Assessment Clinic opened in January 2005 and has become well recognized for its care and treatment of the frail elderly and those with multiple chronic diseases.
- Our Nursing Home Care program launched in August 2005 and has already expanded to 12 homes.
- Our staff has already expanded to three geriatricians, three nurse practitioners, and other support staff trained in the care of the older person.
- We formed the East Texas Coalition of Geriatric Professionals and developed state-of-the-art protocols for good care of the older person.
- A monthly support group began in 2004 for individuals who care for aging family members or loved ones.
- The Red and Kim Little Healthy Aging Outreach Endowment was initiated by a $100,000 donation from Mr. and Mrs. Little and funds an annual lecture program that brings in a leading expert every spring to speak on health and aging.
- Additional future plans include a geriatric fellowship program that will offer physicians advanced training leading to a geriatric certification for qualified physicians. Dr. and Mrs. Vaughn and the Vaughn Foundation have made a lead gift of $200,000 for this effort.
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