WMU News

New medical director named for geriatric center

Aug. 8, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Jeanette M. Meyer, M.D., has joined the Geriatric Assessment Center at Western Michigan University's Unified Clinics as its new medical director.

Meyer has been practicing in the Kalamazoo area for many years, specializing in internal medicine and geriatrics. She has extensive experience working with the multiple problems and concerns pertaining to older patients.

Meyer completed her medical training at the University of Minnesota and Wayne State University, and her residency at the Mayo Clinic. She also completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

The Geriatric Assessment Center, part of the state-funded Southwest Michigan Health Professions Education Initiative, was developed through a collaborative effort involving the faculty and clinical resources of WMU, the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and Ferris State University to serve the special needs of older people in the community through coordinated interdisciplinary care. Services at the GAC are designed to provide older patients and their doctors with a thorough and expert analysis of the impact of aging issues on medical problems, use of medications, in-home support and care and daily functioning.

The center's philosophy is that older people are best served through interdisciplinary care, coordinated with the primary physician, which enhances their functional capacity and quality of life. When given help on fine-tuning medical care, medication, health maintenance and support in the home, seniors can live more safely, independently and with optimum health and function. Older people and their families who are assessed at the center are also provided with information on services available in the community, which allows them to choose the support system most comfortable for themselves, whether its in-home care or quality residential placement.

For more information about the Geriatric Assessment Center, call (616) 387-7002.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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