Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Garvin Center for Geriatric Psychiatry Appoints New Executive Program Director and Nurse Manager

Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s (NVMC) Garvin Center for Geriatric Psychiatry recently welcomed Executive Program Director Andrew Tarasuk, LICSW, and Nurse Manager Jennifer Ramirez, RN, BSN, to its medical staff. The Garvin Center for Geriatric Psychiatry offers inpatient behavioral health services for patients over age 55.

“We are very pleased to welcome Andrew and Jennifer to our hospital family,” said Salvatore Perla, president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “With their addition to the Garvin Center’s staff, along with the center’s expansion last fall, we are continuing to achieve our mission to provide these patients with the best possible care in the best possible place.”

As Executive Program Director, Tarasuk will use his immense experience and knowledge in geriatric psychiatry and social work to oversee operations management as well as social work services offered at the Garvin Center. He is a familiar face at the Garvin Center as he was instrumental with spearheading the opening of the center in January 2014. He then went on to work as the senior social worker managing inpatient care at Whittier Pavilion’s Geriatric Psychiatry Unit in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Tarasuk, who is a licensed independent clinical social worker, received a bachelor’s degree in social services from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and a master’s degree in social work from Bridgewater State University.

Ramirez brings more than 10 years of experience and an extensive background in geriatric nursing and transitional care settings to her new role as nurse manager. Before coming to NVMC, she worked at Westford House in Westford, Massachusetts, as the unit manager overseeing operations for 41 beds, which included both transitional and long-term care. Ramirez graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree for family nurse practitioner and leadership.

In conjunction with Steward Medical Group, Tarasuk and Ramirez join the center’s team of dedicated geriatric medical professionals who provide psychiatric services to geriatric patients who may suffer from a variety of conditions with the goal of restoring mental health, functional abilities, and overall well-being. The full array of services offered include diagnostic assessment, behavior management consultations, dementia evaluation, psychopharmacological consultation, depression screening, neuropsychological testing, family consultation and therapy, and innovative therapies, along with occupational, physical, and speech therapies.

To learn more about the services provided by NVMC’s Garvin Center for Geriatric Psychiatry, visit www.nashobamed.org/geriatric-psychiatry or call 978-784-9435.

About Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was awarded an A, the highest grade possible, in hospital safety by the Leapfrog Group, is a recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval, and was named to Leapfrog’s annual list of Top Hospitals in 2014. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, geriatric psychiatry, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Center for Pain Management, Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at www.nashobamed.org.

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