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SeniorBridge Expands Services in South Florida

August 7, 2008

SeniorBridge, a provider of professional services for individuals requiring care for chronic health conditions, is expanding its business in the South Florida area. It has acquired Rona Bartelstone Care Management and Home Healthcare, a well-established health care company headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This makes SeniorBridge one of the largest providers of in-home chronic health in the state.

Rona Bartelstone Care Management and Home Healthcare was founded in 1981 and has a local and national reputation for providing innovative, high quality services. “Rona Bartelstone shares our concern for enabling people with chronic health conditions to remain safely at home with quality of life,” said Eric Rackow, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeniorBridge. “This partnership will allow us to be even more successful in supporting our clients’ complex care needs.” Rona Bartelstone, ACSW, LCSW, BCD, CMC, will be joining the SeniorBridge staff as a Senior Vice President for Care Management. Ms. Bartelstone, a national leader in the field of geriatric care management publishes and speaks widely on topics related to aging, care giving and chronic illness She was a founding member of the National Association of Processional Geriatric Care Managers, and past president from 1988 through 1991. She continues to be active in associations concerned with eldercare.

The SeniorBridge integrated system of care in the home, encompasses the full range of services. A multidisciplinary care team provides coordinated in-home services including, nursing, psychosocial support, personal care, companionship and enhancement of wellness to maximize client health. Clinical research has shown that this approach can lead to reduced emergency room visits, unnecessary hospital admissions and institutionalization for patients with complex chronic conditions. Families experience more peace of mind while individuals are more likely to remain at home with quality of life.

About SeniorBridge

SeniorBridge, founded in 2000 and with offices throughout the United States, is a provider of long term care at home. The company addresses the total well-being of clients and their families through a comprehensive program that includes assessment, planning, service coordination, advocacy and direct care by a multidisciplinary team led by a professional geriatric care manager. The full range of services is customized according to the level of need and preference. The SeniorBridge program is especially beneficial for patients with complex problems, including chronic medical illnesses such as Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, and memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease; patients who require close oversight and management of care.

SeniorBridge is a knowledge-based professional organization that benefits from the support of its advisory board of internationally known experts on geriatrics.

SeniorBridge has its corporate headquarters at 845 Third Avenue, New York NY 10022. It provides its services from 16 locations in nine states. For further information, visit www.seniorbridge.com.




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