Free Lecture Series Offers Valuable Insight from Medical Professionals

“Dinner with the Doctor” events provide attendees with rare access

 

Goshen, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2013) – Did you ever go for a doctor’s visit only to realize on the way home that you have more questions than when you walked in? Maybe it was an unexpected or new diagnosis. Or, maybe it was an adjustment to a prescription. Perhaps your time with the doctor ran short. Or, possibly you thought of more questions once you left the office.

 

Many times, patients or their families won’t follow up with the doctor. Because of this, Glen Arden, Elant’s Continuing Care Retirement Community, developed a unique solution.

 

Appropriately titled, “Dinner with the Doctor,” Glen Arden has begun hosting a series of free informal lectures and dinners open to the public and to Glen Arden residents. The guest doctor speaks on a specific topic and answers questions from attendees throughout each hour-long session. The inaugural lecture was held on June 24 and featured Dr. Karen Karsif, a surgeon and medical director of The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan. The next two lectures in the series are planned for Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 in Glen Arden’s Rhinebeck Room. 

 

“People rarely have an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a doctor,” said Maureen Torelli, Vice President and Executive Director of Glen Arden. “These lectures provide opportunities for people to hear from a medical professional on a specific topic and get answers to their questions, gaining the valuable information that they need.”

 

On Sept. 16, Dr. Nicholas Batson and Dr. Lisa Batson, husband and wife doctors from Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, will speak on “Depression and Anxiety Across All Ages.” The Batsons will discuss how depression and anxiety present themselves in people of various ages and health conditions, as well as different disorders that cause depression and anxiety. Symptoms such as unexplained weight loss or weight gain; insomnia; fatigue; feelings of worthlessness and excessive guilt; inability to think, concentrate or make decisions, and recurring thoughts of death will be among the topics.

 

Dr. Nicholas Batson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and earned his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville. He is board certified in adult psychiatry.

 

Dr. Lisa Batson earned her bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences in Hamden, Conn., and earned her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville. She is also board certified in adult psychiatry.

 

The following month on Oct. 21, Dr. Amala P. Chirumamilla, a cardiologist with Metropolitan Cardiology Consultants and the Bon Secours Medical Group, will focus her discussion on cholesterol’s impact on an individual’s health. Dr. Chirumamilla is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, computed tomography angiography, and vascular medicine. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Buffalo, her research fellowship training at Columbia University and cardiology fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

 

“Glen Arden is committed to keeping our residents, their families and community members informed about important health issues,” said Torelli. “This series gives those in attendance valuable access to the knowledge and professional insights of leading members of the medical community.”

 

The series also gives Glen Arden the opportunity to work with other organizations in the Hudson Valley such as, Crystal Run Healthcare, Bon Secours Health System and other local health providers and hospitals.

 

“No health care organization can operate in a vacuum in this environment,” said Torelli. “Partnering enables us to bring information to our residents, to the family members of our residents and to the greater community. We see it as a public service to provide speakers on health issues and topics of interest to the community.”

 

The events are free, however reservations are required. For more information regarding the “Dinner with the Doctor” lecture series or to reserve your seat at one of the upcoming events, contact Maureen Torelli at 845-360-1424 or e-mail mtorelli@elant.org