My interest in the effects of neurological conditions on mental and emotional functioning began as an undergraduate. After earning my Bachelor of Science degree in neurological psychology I entered medical school with the notion of pursuing this as my career. As often happens, I found another passion that I chose to follow; I became an Internist Geriatrician with special interest in the chronically ill elderly. As I advanced in my practice, I became increasingly concerned that entire populations of the ill elderly were being disadvantaged. I came to recognize that to meet my obligations to the patients I chose to serve, I needed to expand my efforts beyond treating one patient at a time and began a career as a physician administrator.
After a successful stint in healthcare administration, reaching positions such as Medical Director for CIGNA Healthplans of Los Angeles and Medical Director for Blue Cross of California, I returned to my first love, directly caring for the frail and chronically ill elderly, especially in Long Term Care Facilities. I was distressed to find that the clinical community had not yet rallied around this growing population’s complex needs. Of special concern was the huge gap in mental health services — elderly patients with neurological and/or behavioral illness. I found a place for myself by combining my two passions; neuro-psychiatry and Geriatrics. Addressing the level of potentially treatable neuropsychiatric illness, and the suffering attributable to these conditions, became my mission. This was the motivation for forming Vanguard Eldercare.
From its formation, Vanguard Eldercare has focused on providing integrated psychiatric, neurological, medical, geriatric and psychological health care to adult and elderly patients with neurological and/or behavioral illness in Long Term Care settings. Vanguard’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for our shared patients by easing their suffering while actively promoting their safety, functionality and dignity.
As our medical group gains momentum and Vanguard expands into new sites, we continually strive to improve upon our state-of-the-art services and protocols. Through our innovative research and partnering with thought leaders, we strive to create an improved care model for elderly patients that will become the standard of medical care for this population in need.