Respected Geriatrician Leading Memory Care and Chronic Illness Support Initiatives at Rockville, Md., SNF
ROCKVILLE, Md. (Oct. 19, 2023) — Collingswood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Rockville welcomes Geetha Chilakamarri, MD, CMD, as the new director of its in-place memory care neighborhood and Chronic Illness Support program, featuring palliative care services. Located at 299 Hurley Ave., the 160-bed skilled nursing facility provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.
Dr. Chilakamarri is triple board certified in geriatric medicine, family medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine; she also is a certified medical director in long-term care. Dr. Chilakamarri, who is the owner of SRIG Med LLC Consulting Services, established and expanded Geriatric and Palliative Care services in both Meritus Medical Center and Frederick Health System.
“Dr. Chilakamarri is highly respected throughout the region for her vast medical expertise and compassionate nature,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of market development for Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Collingswood. “Collingswood is fortunate to have her join its clinical leadership team as lead for two key service offerings.”
Collingswood’s established memory care neighborhood features 24-hour skilled nursing services, comprehensive innovative treatments and structured daily activities. A high ratio of caregivers to residents allows for more one-to-one interaction, increased supervision, and greater peace of mind for families and loved ones. It is geared for those with various stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The facility’s Chronic Illness Support program integrates palliative care, pastoral support and other services with its clinical specialized programming. The initiative focuses on providing emotional and spiritual support to help relieve symptoms and stress for patients and loved ones to enhance quality of life. It also weaves in disease-specific education and health coaching, multi-specialist led and coordinated care, social services support and connections to community resources.
“Collingswood has a strong reputation for patient-centered, quality care,” said Dr. Chilakamarri. “I am excited to join the facility’s talented team as we work hand-in-hand in providing progressive skilled nursing services to those in our care.”
Collingswood recently completed a $7 million modernization, featuring top-to-bottom upgrades and specialty programming enhancements. The facility has been recognized as one of the nation’s top skilled nursing facilities in Newsweek’s “America’s Best Nursing Homes 2023.” More information on Collingswood can be found at collingswoodrehab.com
Brick, N.J-based Marquis Health Consulting Services provides administrative and consulting services to skilled nursing facilities and senior housing communities along the Eastern Seaboard. The organization’s operational guidance enables its client facilities to overachieve their quality and customer service goals by embracing a progressive, multi-specialty approach to healthcare.
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