Prov­ince hires geri­a­tri­cian

Dr. Martha Carmichael be­gan prac­tis­ing with pro­vin­cial pro­gram on May 1

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has hired its first in­ternist geri­a­tri­cian.

Dr. Martha Carmichael, who be­gan prac­tis­ing with the pro­vin­cial geri­atric pro­gram on May 1, is trained in in­ter­nal medicine with a sub-spe­cialty in geri­atric medicine.

She also has ex­tra train­ing in un­com­mon de­men­tia syn­dromes, move­ment dis­or­ders, pal­lia­tive care and os­teo­poro­sis.

“I feel priv­i­leged to be able to help older Is­lan­ders age in place, avoid­ing ad­mis­sion to hos­pi­tal or long-term care as much as pos­si­ble, as well as be­ing able to sup­port them, their fam­i­lies and other mem­bers of their health­care team in mak­ing de­ci­sions that re­flect their pref­er­ences and pri­or­i­ties,’’ Carmichael said in a news re­lease.

With the ad­di­tion of Carmichael, the in­ter­dis­ci­plinary pro­vin­cial geri­atric team now in­cludes 2.6 FTE geri­a­tri­cians, two full-time nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and a geri­atric nurse spe­cial­ist. Is­lan­ders need to be re­ferred to the pro­vin­cial geri­atric pro­gram by a pri­mary care provider.

Last year, more than 2,100 Is­lan­ders were as­sessed by the geri­atric pro­gram, in­clud­ing new re­fer­rals as well as fol­lowup con­sul­ta­tions with ex­ist­ing clients in the pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the geri­atric pro­gram, visit www.health­pei.ca/geri­atricpro­gram or call 902-432-2860.

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