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Healthfirst 2012 Spring Symposium

Innovative Best Practices In Effective Care For Older Adults

Healthfirst hosted its fourth Provider Symposium on May 10. Moderated by Healthfirst’s Dr. Susan Beane, the symposium brought together health practitioners to exchange ideas and share best practices that addressed health care issues unique to older adults.  

The next symposium will be held in fall 2012.

2012 Spring Symposium Agenda

Siobhan Sundel, MSN, GNP-BC, ANP

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Coffey Geriatric Practice, Mount Sinai Medical Center


Siobhan Sundel has practiced as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP) at the Coffey Geriatric Practice at the Martha Stewart Center for Living, Mount Sinai Medical Center for the past 13 years.  She coordinates closely with practice geriatricians in managing care of elderly patients with complex medical profiles. Ms. Sundel’s work promotes the importance of patient education to increase awareness of disease process and related treatment options. She also serves as a Clinical Instructor at New York University/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program and precepts NP students.


Ms. Sundel, a recipient of the Brookdale Scholarship, is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at New York University.  She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.


Geriatrics Patient Centered Medical Home

Elaine Gunn, RN
Vice President, Ambulatory Health Services Network, Maimonides Medical Center


Dr. Elaine Gunn joined the staff of Maimonides Medical Center in November 2001 and has held four administrative positions in the department over the last 10 years. Prior to arriving at Maimonides, Ms. Gunn was the Director of Operations for the New York Presbyterian Community Health Plan. She worked at the Brooklyn Hospital Center for over 20 years holding positions ranging from staff nurse to Director of Emergency Nursing.


Electronic Medical Records-How We Modified Our EMR to Meet the Standards for the Care of Older Adults


Melvyn L. Hecht, MD
Deputy Director of Geriatrics, Maimonides Medical Center

Dr. Melvyn Hecht has been the Deputy Director of Geriatrics at Maimonides since January of 2009.  Prior to joining Maimonides, he was the Chief Medical Officer and VP for Medical Affairs at Youville Hospital in Cambridge, MA.


Dr. Hecht is a graduate of Northeastern University and Boston University School of Medicine. He has published and presented extensively, and has special research interests in managing the complex diseases of aging, memory disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease, rehabilitation and recovery of older adults, and technology and its use in sustaining the health of older adults.  He is a member of the teaching staff at Maimonides Medical Center, and has collaborated with other physician and clinical leaders in the development of Maimonides’ Total Care Management Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents, which focuses on safe transitions from hospital to home or other healthcare facilities.  He has been a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Hecht has been recognized by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center as a Compassionate Caregiver.

Diana Chandler, PharmD
Academic Educator, New York State Medicaid Prescriber Education Program, State University of New York at Buffalo


Diana Chandler received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and completed a Post Graduate Residency Program (PGY1) at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. Dr. Chandler is currently an Academic Educator with the NY State Medicaid Prescriber Education Program (NYSMPEP) and a Senior Research Scientist with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 


Dr. Chandler has played an instrumental role in the development of the NYSMPEP in the New York City area, through the development of targeted educational materials for prescribers and one-on-one academic educator sessions with identified prescribers in the Bronx. She has experience with providing education to various audiences and training in the disease-focused areas of ambulatory care.


Managing Older Adults: High Risk Medication-Increasing Awareness and Working to Improve Patient Outcomes


David L. Emanuel, MD, CMD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Isabella Geriatric Center


Dr. David Emanuel joined the medical staff of Isabella Geriatric Center in 1996, and in June 2009 was named Chief Medical Officer.  He has worked in many different practice settings, including private office, multispecialty group, medical school, and hospital-based; all settings included managed care.  For the last 15 years, he has been based in long-term care.


Dr. Emanuel was educated at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He identifies as a general internist and has additional boards in geriatrics and palliative medicine.  Dr. Emanuel is on the medical staff at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.  He is on the faculty at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is certified by the American Medical Directors Association.


Strengthening the Web of Support with Caregiver Outreach


If you have questions or would like more information about Healthfirst’s Provider Symposium Series, please contact Dr. Susan Beane at or (212) 823-2437.

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