At Cabell Huntington Hospital, our goal is to be the hospital of choice for seniors, and we have been working hard to provide the quality of care you deserve. Our commitment to excellence in the care of older patients is evident in the foundation we have been building for almost 10 years, including a wide variety of programs to benefit seniors. Cabell Huntington has developed a comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach program called Senior Services, which was designed to address the unique medical needs of seniors in our community.
In 2003, Cabell Huntington Hospital created the Senior Services Department, which is dedicated to ensuring that our staff is always providing the most appropriate care for senior patients. The department includes Director Joy Pelfrey, Clinical Manager Teresa Sexton and Administrative Secretary/SeniorWise Coordinator Alisha Adkins.
Joy has been the director of Senior Services since the department was created. She graduated from Marshall University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program. Prior to joining Cabell Huntington Hospital, she was in advanced practice as a family nurse practitioner with University Family Practice and Complete Medical Services. Joy has a passion for the senior population. She was a caregiver for her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, which gave her a unique perspective of the caregiving challenges faced by many of the “sandwich” generation today.
Teresa joined the Cabell Huntington team in 1996. Before joining Senior Services, she was nurse manager of CHH’s Post-Surgical Unit and Neurology Unit. Teresa graduated from Mountain State University, earning her BSN. She then went on to earn her MSN and a postgraduate degree in nursing education. Teresa has a passion for the care of seniors and maintains a strong focus on continuing education in the geriatric specialty.
Alisha has been a Cabell Huntington Hospital employee since 1993. She was an Administrative Secretary for the Pastoral Care Department prior to joining the Senior Services staff in 2004. She graduated from Marshall Community College.
The staff works with Senior Services Medical Director Dr. Charles McCormick, a board-certified geriatrician with more than 15 years' experience in the field. Together, they support physicians and staff members in meeting and maintaining the highest standards possible in geriatric care at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Cabell Huntington is the only West Virginia hospital to earn designation as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) site. We have maintained NICHE certification since 2006 by continuously training the bedside staff in best practices for older hospitalized adults, providing knowledge and expertise about geriatric care to the entire hospital staff and implementing system-wide improvements in the care of older adult patients. As the only national geriatric initiative to improve the care of older hospitalized adults, NICHE provides resources and benchmarks that help us build and sustain high-quality geriatric patient care throughout the hospital.
Through our affiliation with NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), Cabell Huntington offers nurses special training to prepare for and earn Geriatric Resource Nurse certification. The Geriatric Resource Nurse Program serves as the foundation for improving the geriatric knowledge and expertise of the bedside nurse and implementing system-wide improvement in the care of older adult patients. More than 150 nurses across the hospital have completed their training, with more to come.
“We are not just increasing our focus on the care of seniors,” said Teresa Sexton, clinical manager for Senior Services. “We are developing a new model of care for our senior patients. The use of evidence-based care in hospitalized elders will allow us to target key older adult health issues and promote a better quality of life.”
Senior Moments, a series of television spots from Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Senior Services Department, provides seniors with important information about their health and wellness, in addition to helpful tips for staying active and healthy. CHH’s Senior Moments replaces aging stereotypes with highlights of active seniors within the Tri- State, senior health services and popular senior health topics.
“Aging is not the same today as it was 20 or 30 years ago,” said Joy Pelfrey, Director of Senior Services at CHH, “and we’re taking a much-needed moment to talk about the present, not the past and not the future — but seniors living meaningful, valuable lives, right now.”
Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Senior Services Department is a resource for Tri-State seniors, their families and caregivers, the medical community and anyone interested in supporting and promoting senior health and wellness. For information about any senior health issue, please contact Senior Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-526-2695.
Cabell Huntington Hospital offers a free membership program called SeniorWise. This program is designed for people over 50 and includes preventive health screenings, educational programs on health issues, health screenings for conditions affecting seniors and social events that build friendships and community.