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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 since 2003, including a wide variety of programs to benefit seniors.
The Senior Services Department was established in 2003 to ensure that the Cabell Huntington Hospital staff is always providing the most appropriate care for senior patients. Senior Services' mission reaches beyond our campus and into the community, and thei goal is to share current health information and opportunities for screenings and education with seniors. In addition to hosting the annual SeniorFest at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Senior Services staff has built strong relationships with organizations and residential facilities for seniors throughout the Tri-State— attending meetings, speaking at events and hosting health fairs to share their message.
The department includes Director Teresa Sexton, RN, MSNeD; Senior Fracture Program Coordinator Becky Edwards, RN, BSN, CNRN; and Administrative Secretary/SeniorWise Coordinator Alisha Adkins.
Teresa Sexton 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.
Becky Edwards joined the Cabell Huntington Hospital staff in 1990. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Ohio State University School of Nursing and worked on the Neuroscience Unit for 21 years as both a staff nurse and Clinical Coordinator before joining the Senior Services team. She is highly focused on quality of care improvements, and she enjoys caring for the senior population.
Alisha Adkins 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, director of 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.”
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, as well as a free exercise program and social activities and events that build friendships and community.
Senior Services is committed to sharing important information about current health topics, screenings and educational events for older members of our community. Our monthly calendar of healthy events for seniors is available online or to subscribers of The Herald-Dispatch. Pick up a copy in waiting areas around the hospital, request one by email or call 304-526-2695.
Senior Moments, a series of television spots courtesy of the Senior Services Department, offers seniors new information about health and wellness, along with helpful tips for staying active and healthy. You may also see Teresa Sexton or other CHH leaders discussing senior health-related news on WSAZ's "Moms Everyday" and other newscasts.
“Aging is not the same today as it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Teresa added, “and our focus is on 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 email Senior Services or call 304-526-2695.