DR. JOSHUA SCHOR, MD, CMD, and medical director since 2001 of Daughters of Israel in West Orange, was named the 2017 Medical Director of the Year by AMDA-The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. He received the award — which recognizes individuals whose “vision, passion, leadership, and commitment succeed in taking patient care…to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation” — during the society’s annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 17.
Under Schor’s leadership, the skilled nursing facility established an interdisciplinary wound care team and created a liaison with an external wound specialist, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the healing of complex wounds, and instituted participation in a training course to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), resulting in a 0 percent CAUTI rate. Schor played a leading role in creating a separate Rehab Center at DOI, which opened in 2009, and started “Caring Conversations,” a program that brings staff together to promote teamwork, communication, and job satisfaction.
Schor serves on the society’s membership committee and is past president of the NJ Medical Directors Association. The author of “The Nursing Home Guide: A Doctor Reveals What You Need to Know About Long-Term Care,” he is also a consultant senior medical director for Optum Complex Care, a geriatric division of UnitedHealth Group.
Christopher Laxton, CAE, the society’s executive director, praised Schor for his “commitment, passion, and leadership.” According to DOI executive director Susan Grosser, Schor “is one of the most caring human beings one will come across, and it is evident in his treatment of our residents, staff, and family members.”