With age comes a new approach to maintaining health. Serious diseases or chronic medical conditions can significantly affect older adults’ quality of life and place demands on family and caregivers. At UT Health Northeast, we provide care that is patient-centered. Our team works together to be your partner in health whenever you need care.
Our geriatricians are doctors with specialized expertise in caring for the unique medical needs of older people by working to maintain their physical and mental well-being. We teach our aging patients self-management skills with the goal of preventing diseases and diagnosing diseases at the early stages. As part of a patient-centered medical home, we help patients set and achieve their health goals. Call (903) 877-7911 to make an appointment for you or someone you care about.
Aging Well Together
We believe in a team approach to healthcare led by doctors and mid-level providers certified in geriatric medicine. This includes experts from within the Center for Healthy Aging working with experts from our Center for Diabetes Care, Internal Medicine, and Breast Center. With the active involvement of our patients and their families, we combine our skills and all available community resources to provide our patients with the best healthcare and quality of life possible.
Our nursing home team consists of physicians and nurse practitioners who partner with several nursing homes in our region to help ensure that the highest standards of medical care are met.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease
- Falls, injuries, or balance problems
- Elevated blood pressure and heart disease
- Pressure ulcers
- Bladder incontinence and disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Driving safety
- End-of-life issues and hospice care
Special care is required when nursing home patients are admitted to the hospital with a serious illness. Patients need a medical team that is familiar with the physical and mental effects of aging and is sensitive to the needs of chronically ill older adults. Our medical team at the Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging is dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate hospital care should one of your clients be admitted here.
Comfort and Care
From the services we offer to the amenities in our facility, our care centers around the patient. Our inpatient rooms are comfortable and private with a beautiful view of the East Texas countryside. We provide a fast and kind Emergency Room as well as rehabilitation services that are tailored for older adults.
PhysiciansWe have internal medicine and family medicine physicians specially trained and certified in adult aging and geriatrics. In addition, UT Health is home to over 30 specialties, including pulmonology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.
Nurse PractitionersWith expertise in caring for older adults, our nurse practitioners are registered nurses with master’s training in how to manage common health problems, adult aging, and geriatrics.
Social WorkersThe goal of our social workers is to evaluate older patients’ psychological and social needs to ensure the best care possible.
NursesOur nurses work with patients every step of the way to provide the right care with the right professional at the right time.
Other Team MembersThe staff at the Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging calls on other healthcare specialists when needed, including master-level pharmacists, physical therapists, and dieticians.
Specialties:Geriatrics (Aging) /
Teri Curington is a nurse practitioner whose goal is to provide exceptional primary care to adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Her medical training includes a broad range of care, from clinics to emergency medicine. She is a Navy reservist and she was a Navy Nurse Corps, who served a tour of duty at Role III Multi-International Unit Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She also worked in a level I trauma center, providing critical care to wounded warriors as Afghan nationals. Nurse Practitioner Curington works with patients as their partner to maintain health and wellness in our Center for Healthy Aging.(903) 877-7911
Specialties:Geriatrics (Aging) /Internal Medicine /
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
HealthConnection Episodes: Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Davis has a broad background in primary care along with expertise in geriatrics, which focuses on preventing and treating diseases in older adults. Dr. Davis is medical director of the Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging. He is one of four of our physicians recognized nationally for providing high-quality care to patients with diabetes.(903) 877-7911
Specialties:Geriatrics (Aging) /
Nurse Practitioner Ellen Gastauer is committed to helping older adults stay healthy. She specializes in geriatric medicine, the branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in older people. By treating patients who are in long-term care facilities, NP Gastauer brings medical care to people who can’t easily visit a healthcare provider.
We are your Patient Centered Medical Home where you and your healthcare team work together to manage your entire health journey using evidence based care, patient and family education, and self-care management.
The Continuum of Aging
There are many factors that make caring for the aging patient unique. That’s because their health is in constant change. UT Health Northeast offers a continuum of care for seniors.
A patient may need a flu shot or is due for a colonoscopy or mammogram. Or a patient may need a retinal scan to check for diabetes or degeneration. Or maybe a patient just needs resources and help with accessing goals. The team within the Center for Aging can help navigate the patient to ensure they receive the right type of care.
Our skilled doctors and nurse practitioners who are certified in geriatric medicine provide a team approach to caring for patients and provide an individual approach to treating their health needs. They monitor their medications and dosages, and consider their best options while taking a “less is more” approach. The nurse practitioners see patients in 20 nursing homes throughout Tyler and East Texas. They treat patients as if they were in the clinic by doing consultations and blood work, for example.
Through the spectrum of aging, our team can provide recommendations for care, including supportive (also called palliative) care and hospice.
Our Nursing Home Rounds
- Anderson Nursing Center, Grand Saline
- Azalea Place Nursing and Rehab, Tyler
- Azalea Trails, Tyler
- Azalea Trails, Grand Saline
- Briarcliff, Tyler
- Canton Oaks, Canton
- Chandler Nursing Center, Chandler
- Clairmont Nursing Home, Tyler
- Colonial, Tyler
- Community Care Center, Mineola
- Frankston Healthcare Center, Frankston
- Greenbrier Nursing Home, Tyler
- Heritage Nursing Home, Quitman
- Legend Oaks, Gladewater
- Melrose Nursing Center, Tyler
- Oak Brook Health Care Center, Whitehouse
- Overton Healthcare, Overton
- Park Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, Tyler
- Pinecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation, Tyler
- Providence Park, Tyler
- Reunion Plaza Senior Care Center, Tyler
- Sterling House Assisted Living, Tyler
- Texan Nursing and Rehab, Gladewater
- The Heights of Tyler, Tyler
- Waterton Plaza Senior Care, Tyler
- Wood Memorial, Mineola
- Watkins-Logan-Garrison Veterans Home, Tyler
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends these tests to keep seniors healthy and safe.
- Blood pressure – yearly
- Blood sugar – fasting blood sugar every 3 years
- Cholesterol screening – every 5 years
- Weight measurement
- Bone density exam – every 2 years
- Rectal exam – yearly
- Colonoscopy – every 10 years
- Breast exam and mammogram – every 1 to 2 years
- Pelvic exam and Pap smear – every 3 years
- Thyroid hormone test – every 5 years
– Pneumonia vaccine at age 65
– Yearly flu shot
– Tetanus booster every 10 years
- Mole check – yearly
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