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Bon Secours New York Health System’s Schervier Nursing Care Center has announced that it is the recipient of a $5,250 grant from the Verizon Foundation to launch its Virtual Care Program to improve patient care for seniors and disabled adults within underserved or high capacity areas who are homebound or reside in senior facilities.
Schervier will use the grant to partner with VitalLink, Inc. to leverage broadband technology to deliver healthcare information to at risk populations, making it more accessible and expanding its reach and services beyond its Riverdale campus. “New technologies promise a fresh way to approach the challenge of providing affordable, accessible and quality health care for communities," said Catherine Gasteyer, Verizon's government affairs manager for New York and Connecticut. "That's why one of Verizon Foundation's top priorities is to use the power of technology to improve health care services for communities in need. We are thrilled to partner with Schervier to make use of broadband technology to bring patients and residents health education and programming." The grant enables Schervier to provide seniors and disabled adults in need with a new technology system that will allow patients to access health care content and exercise instruction via the Internet to computers and mobile devices, such as tablets. The new program will conveniently provide links for seniors to virtually take advantage of programs provided by New York City agencies, including Riverdale Senior Services, Bedford Park Senior Services and the Allen Pavilion. “Many of our community seniors and disabled adults are unable to attend the senior centers or lecture programs due to physical/mental impairments, transportation, financial constraints or because they are homebound,” added Eileen Malo, Schervier Nursing Care Center's interim CEO. “This generous grant from the Verizon Foundation makes it possible for our patients in the nursing home and tenants in our apartment building to conveniently view professional lectures on health care issues which impact their condition, as well as exercise and activity programs to promote health and cognitive functioning. The health education program will also have the capability of visually connecting residents with their loved ones.” Schervier’s Virtual Care Program will launch in the fall of 2012 and will run for one year. Seniors and disabled adults that qualify to participate will be notified of the program via senior service agencies, nursing homes, senior day care centers, and home care providers.