Heritage Pointe of Teaneck Partners with Holy Name Medical Center to Provide On-Site Services to Residents

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) November 10, 2010 - Donna Zayat, executive director of Heritage Pointe of Teaneck, has announced a new alliance between the full-service rental retirement community and Holy Name Medical Center, also in Teaneck. The partnership, under Heritage Pointe's new LifeSpa program, was introduced to residents by representatives from Holy Name's Center for Healthy Living, lung center, lab, diabetes education center, cardiovascular service, and the Holy Name Home Care division.

    Zayat said that LifeSpa removes barriers to participation so that residents may take a more proactive approach to their health where they live. It offers on-site programs, educational seminars and wellness consultations at Heritage Pointe's Wellness Center. Noemi Dominguez, MSN, R.N. from Holy Name will provide health assessments for residents, personal wellness care plans and information about programs at Holy Name to meet their individual needs.

    Founded in 1925 as a community hospital, Holy Name Medical Center has evolved into a comprehensive, 361-bed acute care facility with more than 850 physicians representing over 33 medical specialties. The medical center has won numerous awards for excellence of care in many clinical services and for patient and employee satisfaction. Its mission is to help the community achieve the highest attainable level of health through prevention, education and treatment.

    "By bringing Holy Name Medical Center's wellness programs to Heritage Pointe we are making life easier for our residents," said Zayat. "Ms. Dominguez will serve as a valuable liaison between our community and all the services available there."

    Maximizing Health and Convenience

    As part of LifeSpa, Holy Name representatives will present educational lectures at Heritage Pointe on issues such as diet and weight management; vision problems; lung health including asthma, COPD, and smoking cessation; cardiac wellness through proper diet, exercise and medication management; and how to manage conditions and maximize health at any age. Residents are welcome to attend Holy Name's free seminars at the hospital on topics including diabetes education and screening, food and fitness, and how to recognize warning signs of medical conditions.

    Heritage Pointe is at the forefront of defining the needs of its residents and meeting their wellness goals, according to Pat Hunt, executive director of Holy Name Home Care. "As community health nurses, we have always reached out beyond the hospital corridors to work with local residents. This particular collaboration with Heritage Pointe is an expansion of this service for a growing senior population that is remaining independent for much longer," said Hunt.

    Hunt said that a survey administered by Holy Name to Heritage Pointe residents revealed that most respondents seek programs on fall prevention, dealing with fatigue, and activities of daily living. "LifeSpa allows us to address residents' concerns and provide the programs they want for maintaining wellness and a healthy lifestyle in their homes."

    At Heritage Pointe's Wellness Center, residents may visit Nurse Dominguez for blood pressure monitoring, medication reviews, get answers to questions and discuss health concerns. Dominguez will also make discrete house calls to residents' apartments upon request. As an added convenience, residents may schedule an on-site appointment with a Holy Name phlebotomist to draw blood for prescribed lab work.

    Executive Director Zayat said that LifeSpa is a natural outgrowth of the services the community already offers to active retirees. "Our residents are interested in maintaining an active lifestyle. Access to Holy Name experts makes it even easier for residents to get the information and attention they need to stay healthy and fit." In addition to the Holy Name partnership, Heritage Pointe has an alliance with several Bergen County physicians and community agencies that are available to serve residents when needed. The community offers weekday exercise classes, and speakers from Holy Name address members of Heritage Pointe's walking club on wellness topics after the group's walks.

    Heritage Pointe of Teaneck is located at 600 Frank W. Burr Blvd. near Route 4 just off of Interstates 80 and 95. In addition to its health and wellness programs, the community offers spacious apartments, distinctive amenities, and fine dining for active retirees. For more information, call (201) 836-9260 or visit http://www.heritagepointeofteaneck.com.

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