What community does Brookdale service?
We cover East Brooklyn. Our hospital building is on Linden Boulevard and Rockaway Parkway, but we also have six large practices that are called Brookdale Family Care Centers —one and two doctor practices—scattered throughout the region.
How does the hospital serve seniors in the area?
Through Brookdale Family Care Centers, our older patients are assigned to a primary care physician who coordinate any specialist care they may need including cardiology, kidney disease, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, neurology and orthopedics. Many of our doctors are geriatric trained and certified.
What is the advantage of having specialists trained in geriatrics?
The vast majority of people over the age of 65 are receiving generalist and specialty care. They are either healthy, or have one or two chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease, asthma or things of that nature. They’re in the care of generalists and specialists and don’t need the care of super specialists such as neurologists or geriatricians quite as much. So we made the strategic decision years ago to integrate all our services as much as possible.
Tell us about your outreach program Brookdale at Your Door.
Brookdale at Your Door began in July of last year. We bring our doctors into the community and often times to senior centers to introduce them to the seniors to inform them about what Brookdale has to offer. It’s a wonderful program because it’s very responsive to the senior citizen’s needs. Seniors are very interested in things like blood pressure and blood sugar checks. For many people who are not yet attached to our centers, we make the connections right then and there.
– Julia Chance
For more information on Brookdale’s Department of Medicine, call 718.240.5169