Primary Care Geriatrics Program Moves to DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Released: 12/7/2010
Kenneth Garbarino, MD, medical director of geriatric ambulatory care

Kaleida Health announces that the primary care geriatrics program located at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is moving to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, effective December 13, 2010.  The service line move to DMH is a part of the relocation of all of the signature programs from MFG, as the facility will close in 2012.

The Geriatric Center of Western New York, led by Kenneth Garbarino, MD, specializes in the care of patients over the age of 70, with an emphasis on those dealing with complex medical issues and/or memory loss.

“I am very excited about our move to DeGraff Memorial Hospital,” said Dr. Garbarino, medical director of geriatric ambulatory care.  “I believe it's a perfect fit for all.  DeGraff Hospital has a great reputation in the community and the surrounding area has many seniors.  We see the geriatric ambulatory center as another piece to compliment the adult day care, long term care, sub acute care, hospital inpatient acute, rehabilitation, and an emergency department with a short wait time. The potential to coordinate all these services together and help deliver seamless care to the elderly are the ingredients for an outstanding comprehensive geriatric center of excellence.”

The Geriatric Center of Western New York also serves as the Western New York site for the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, offering comprehensive evaluation and treatment of people with memory loss.

For patients requiring hospitalization, a special inpatient geriatric unit dedicated to the care of elderly patients will also be created at the hospital. This acute geriatric unit will provide a specialized environment to achieve good health after an illness or injury while keeping the sensitive needs of the older patient in mind.

The Geriatric Center of Western New York will continue to see patients at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2012.

There will be no interruption of service or impact on the 16 members of the staff.  The following physicians are also affiliated with the geriatrics program: Donna Desmone, MD; Elizabeth Fray, MD; Calagero Ippolito, MD; Bruce Naughton, MD; and Arunan Thurairajah, MD.

The group oversees a patient population of 1,800.

For information on services provided through the Geriatric Center of Western New York call  887-5880.