Post-Recession, Parker Jewish Introduces New Programs

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation started offering more community-based programs at their facilities after the economy took a turn for the worse in 2008.

Regarding the economic climate of the past five years, Lina Scacco, director of Corporate Outreach and Development at Parker Jewish, said with the creation of the Affordable Care Act, it has changed the way health care is managed.

The Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation

The Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation

According to Scacco, the new federal healthcare program will make providers more accountable for the service they provide. It has provided more community health care programs for people so their overall health is better.

“It provides more wellness programs for people so that they can stay well longer and stay in their homes longer,” she said.

Many of the programs Scacco refers to are offered at Parker Jewish. This includes the Medical Model Adult Day Health Care, the Long Term Home Health Care and a Medical Transportation Ambulette.

According to flyers handed out by Parker Jewish at the Queens Tribune breakfast forum on the economic climate of New York City, the adult day care is for the elderly and disabled based at their community health center in Lake Success.

The program allows adults to tend to other responsibilities while the elderly are being cared for at the facility.

“Parker’s Adult Day Health Care program is an opportunity for adult children to go to work and address other responsibilities, comforted by the knowledge that their elderly or disabled loved ones are enjoying a world of fun and excellent health care,” it reads on their flyer.

Services for the six-day-a-week program include door-to-door transportation, hot meals and activities such as art, music and exercise.

The Long-Term Home Health Care program gives patients individual treatment specific to their needs. This program is available to residents in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County and can be applied for after a discharge from a hospital or long -term health care facility. Services for this program include nursing care and physician services; physical, occupational and speech therapy and personal care workers.

Parker Jewish even offers a medical transportation bus service for patients and residents traveling in between their facilities. The company that operates the bus is Lakeville Transportation. People can use the bus to travel to medical appointments, nursing homes and destinations related to health and hospitals.

The nonprofit, which was established in 1907, is a 527-bed facility for adults and is also apart of a comprehensive network of community health care programs for adults as well.  It employs more than 1,100 people and has engaged in several clinical studies in the past, including cardiovascular outcomes following treatment in type 2 diabetes and acute coronary syndrome and studying a new diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

The health care center has also been affiliated with many different universities in the past including Adelphi University, Hofstra University and Hunter College. Some health-care-related courses taught at those colleges include Audiology, social work and speech pathology.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.