WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joshua Schor, MD, CMD, medical director at Daughters of Israel in West Orange, was recently named the 2017 Medical Director of the Year by AMDA (The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) during the society’s annual conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Schor has served in his role at Daughters of Israel since 2001. In 2014, he established an interdisciplinary wound-care team, which put new protocols and equipment into place. He also created a liaison with an external wound specialist who visits once a week.

As a result of Schor’s efforts, the facility’s wound numbers have shown, and the staff has seen dramatic improvement in the healing of complex wounds.

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“Identifying one individual to honor as Medical Director of the Year is challenging,” said Christopher Laxton, CAE, the society’s executive director. “I talk to practitioners every day who are deserving of recognition for their commitment, passion and leadership. Dr. Schor has all of these qualities and more.”

According to Susan Grosser, Executive Director of Daughters of Israel (DOI), Schor is an integral part of the DOI team and helps keep the home running.

“He is also 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,” she said. “I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with someone of his caliber. He is simply one of the most wonderful people in this world.”

Under Schor’s leadership, DOI participates in a training course to reduce Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections. As a result, the center has achieved a 0-percent CAUTI rate.

Recently, he started a program called “Caring Conversations,” which brings staff together to talk about a variety of issues to promote teamwork, communication and job satisfaction. Schor presented a session about this program at the AMDA’s 2017 Annual Conference.

Anticipating the growing need for quality post-acute care, Schor also played a leadership role in creating a separate Rehab Center at DOI that opened in 2009.

“Post-acute has changed dramatically,” he said. “Our post-acute patients sometimes have ‘routine’ issues like joint replacements, but often have more complex issues like advanced cancer taking expensive biologic and chemotherapy agents. We have to care for these patients expertly and humanely to minimize them being readmitted to the hospital while addressing prognoses realistically with families.”

A long-time member of the society, which has nearly 5,000 members, Schor currently serves on the membership committee and is past president of the New Jersey Medical Directors Association. He is an enthusiastic educator and often presents in-service programs for staff and educational presentations to a variety of groups.

Schor is also the author of the book, “The Nursing Home Guide: A Doctor Reveals What You Need to Know About Long-Term Care,” as well as a consultant senior medical director for Optum Complex Care, a geriatric division of UnitedHealth Group.

The Medical Director of the Year Award, established in 2007, recognizes those individuals whose vision, passion, leadership, and commitment succeed in taking patient care in the facilities they serve as medical directors to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation.

AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine—is the national professional association of medical directors, attending physicians, and other professionals practicing post-acute and long-term care medicine. The AMDA is dedicated to excellence in patient care and provides education, advocacy, information and professional development to promote the delivery of quality post-acute and long-term care medicine.

The AMDA advances the quality of life for persons in post-acute and long-term care through recognizing, inspiring and educating future and current health-care professionals.  Visit the Foundation at paltcfoundation.org.