Baptist officially opens senior health center

Baptist Age Well ribbon cutting

Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health officially has opened following a recent ribbon cutting.
The facility is the centerpiece program of Baptist AgeWell Institute and is an outpatient clinic of Baptist Medical Center.
“Baptist Health has a long-standing commitment to helping people in our community maintain their quality of life as they age,” says Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “In 2011, we deepened this commitment by forming Baptist AgeWell Institute, which integrates research, education, clinical care and social services into a holistic program, followed by the opening of AgeWell Emergency Care for our elderly ER patients. The opening of AgeWell Center for Senior Health is the next significant step in transforming the way our community cares for older adults.”
The AgeWell Center is located on the first floor of the Baptist/Aetna building on Prudential Drive in San Marco.
It offers a comprehensive approach to geriatric healthcare and is led by a fellowship-trained geriatrician as well as a multidisciplinary gerontology-trained team. The center serves patients 65 and older who are experiencing complex issues affecting their daily activities.
Clinical care at AgeWell Center is led by Marisol Lance, DO, a fellowship-trained geriatrician who recently moved to Jacksonville from Birmingham, Alabama where she was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care.
“I have made it my mission to improve the health and wellbeing of older persons,” Lance said. “I am very excited to be here in Jacksonville leading the healthcare team that will positively impact the lives of seniors in Northeast Florida through the work of Baptist AgeWell Center.”
Patients of AgeWell Center for Senior Health receive a comprehensive geriatric assessment of the physical, emotional, social and home environmental factors that might be affecting their health and wellbeing. Based on the findings of the geriatric assessment, an integrated care plan is developed and a care coordinator, who is a qualified social worker, works with the patient, family, primary care physician and the rest of the multidisciplinary team to implement the plan. Other members of the patient’s care team may include a clinical pharmacist, mental health provider, rehabilitation therapists, dietitian and clinical nurse specialist.

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