Pictured: Dr. Susila Shanmuganathan
Dr. Susila Shanmuganathan, a Provider Health Services (PHS)-employed Physician, is now a Certified Medical Director (CMD) through the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Inc. (ABPLM, formerly known as AMDA), approved by its Board of Directors.
ABPLM started the ‘Certified Medical Director for long term care facilities’ program in 1991. Since then, there have only been a little over 4,000 physicians who have earned this prestigious certification; very few, in fact, in the entire state of Louisiana.
“I knew it was going to be beneficial as a Medical Director to gain the knowledge that would help me be a better Medical Director for the facilities. With the way things are changing in LTC, it’s good to be up-to-date on recommendations. It’s always good to keep yourself updated. By participating in the program and talking to experienced MD’s and physicians that are part of AMDA, I definitely learned a lot. This was not just a personal, professional improvement, it’s a good thing for my facilities.”
What does this mean for Dr. Shan’s facilities? The ABPLM CMD certification program recognizes the dual clinical and management roles of the Medical Director and requires indicators of competence in both areas. Studies have shown that the quality of care delivered to patients in facilities with a CMD improved by 15%.* In addition, Dr. Shan believes that CCI/Camelot Senior Living has modeled their facilities the way most long-term care facilities around the country will follow suit, if not already there. In addition to the Medical Directors of Camelot Rehabilitation at Magnolia Park and Camelot of Broussard also being the rounding physicians, there are also full-time PHS Nurse Practitioners who staff the facilities and round daily, which has not been the typical structure for long-term care facilities in the past. This means that our residents receive state-of-the-art care from our entire medical staff.
PHS is a state-of-the-art, innovative healthcare company that employs elite Physicians and Nurse Practitioners who specialize in post-acute and long-term care. PHS employs select practitioners in multiple states and in hundreds of progressive Nursing Facilities who prioritize available resident and patient care and rapid, in person responsiveness to care needs.
“By having two well-trained, thoughtful, and compassionate physicians and one fantastic, full-time NP in each of the two Camelot Facilities in the Lafayette area, we are actually able to do a lot more in our homes than other nursing homes in the area.”
Not only is it a positive attribute for the facilities that Dr. Shan rounds within, having her CMD now provides her an amazing opportunity to network best practices with other CMD’s across the nation.
Knowing that the goal is to focus on best practices for delivering patient care, Dr. Shan appreciates the continuity of care that this model offers; that the Medical Director at the facility is also the attending physician. This incorporates both clinical and management roles of the physician. Dr. Shan says about the Camelot Senior Living nursing staff, “It makes my job easy when you have people who are easy to work with and like what they do, which is ultimately advocating for and taking care of their patients at the highest level possible in their home.”