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Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, House Call Medical Services of New York & Essen Medical Associates, P.C., Honored with 2011 Community Service Award from Alpine Home Health Care
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Presents Inaugural Award to Dr. Sumir Sahgal at Alpine Home Health Care Awards Ceremony
(Bronx, New York, December 8, 2011) – Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. presented Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director of House Call Services of New York, with Alpine Home Health Care’s Inaugural 2011 Community Service Award at the last night’s Award Ceremony hosted by Alpine Home Health Care at Villa Barone Manor in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.
The Award recognizes Dr. Sahgal’s “inspirational dedication to providing quality accessible medical services to residents of the South Bronx for over the past 12 years, and for his innovative exploration of novel means of brining comprehensive care to the bedsides of some of the most vulnerable residents in the community.”
“The time and effort Dr. Sahgal puts into ensuring that Bronx residents have proper health care and are attended to, is not only note worthy, but it is inspirational. The work that he does for the community supersedes the call of the duty and therefore makes him extremely deserving of this award,” said Moshe Adelman, Alpine’s Director of Community Development.
In 1999, Dr. Sahgal established his primary care practice, Essen Medical Associates, P.C., to address the need for easily accessible primary care by underserved communities in the South Bronx. Demand has been such that the practice has grown from one to five offices (and counting) over the last 10 years. This significant expansion has also been possible because of Dr. Sahgal’s foresight in adopting new technologies and practice protocols to ensure a high standard of patient care. These measures have even earned him recognition from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York Health Commissioners of both the city and state.
Dr. Sahgal, and the more than 25 providers that now form part of Essen Medical Associates, have taken patient care beyond the medical office. Providing true continuity of care, Essen physicians currently also care for patients in their own homes, hospital rooms, and in many cases nursing homes. In 2005, Dr. Sahgal established House Call Medical Services of New York to bring primary care into patient homes. Currently the largest private practice medical house call program in the five borough area, the program provides comprehensive primary care for frail Page 2 of 2 elderly homebound and has allowed countless Bronx seniors to be treated with dignity in the comfort of their homes.
“It is truly an honor to be the recipient of this Community Service Award. I firmly believe that primary care is a basic right to which every person is entitled; our medical offices and house call service are a natural extension of ensuring this right. We strive to provide health care in every possible setting. House calls serve the most vulnerable and frail homebound population and our various medical offices allow for increased access points in the community. We are honored to be recognized this evening for our seamless delivery of health care. This award will fuel our drive for continued excellence,” said Dr. Sahgal.
For more information about House Call Medical Services of New York, please visit www.nyhcms.org or visit www.essenmd.com for information about Essen Medical Associates, P.C.
About House Call Medical Services of New York:
House Calls Medical Services of New York (HCMSNY) has over six years experience caring for frail elderly homebound patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Lower Westchester. HCMSNY operates the largest private medical house call programs in the State of New York. Since launching in 2005, HCMSNY has conducted over 16,500 patient visits; currently a team of seven providers, including a wound care specialist and podiatrist, cares for more than 1,400 homebound patients. Utilizing state-of-the art technology to efficiently deliver high quality care, HCMSNY providers travel to patient homes equipped with a laptop to access electronic health records, order diagnostic tests, and send prescriptions electronically while still at the patient’s bedside. HCMSNY staff work with patients and their caregivers to develop a customized plan of care, which may include arranging for additional in-home services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, and delivery of durable medical equipment and medications. Coordination of in-home diagnostics tests and referrals to specialist are also arranged when necessary.
About Essen Medical Associates, P.C.
Founded in 1999 by Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Essen Medical Associates, P.C. is a comprehensive multispecialty medical group with 5 medical offices located throughout the Bronx. As one of the initial practices to have achieved ‘Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home’ designation in New York by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Essen’s mission is to provide highest quality care to patients by combining latest advances in medicine, patient-centered compassionate care with latest information technology such ad electronic medical records and eprescriptions. With more than 25 healthcare providers, Essen Medical Associates provides tend to the medical needs of patients in twenty medical facilities which include Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and five multi-specialty offices. Essen Medical Physicians are Board Certified and/or Board eligible.