Our Purpose

In 2016, Glens Falls Hospital received the designation as a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease by the New York State Department of Health, and was awarded $2.1 million in state funding over a five year period. It is one of ten such centers in the entire state. The Center of Excellence at Glens Falls Hospital offers an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing Alzheimer’s Disease, and related dementias. Our team is comprised of specialists who are trained to assess patients affected by cognitive decline, and offers a care management component to support the patient and caregiver when a diagnosis is made. The mission of the Center of Excellence is to promote earlier diagnosis, support patients and caregivers, act as a conduit to community resources, and serve as a leader in education for providers, patients and families.

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Patients and families can obtain multiple services in one location at The Glens Falls Hospital Pruyn Pavilion.

There is an array of services available at the Center of Excellence -these can include:

  • An initial consult with Neurology
  • An in-depth Neuropsychological assessment to determine state of memory, language and cognition
  • Where necessary, an evaluation by a Geriatric Psychiatrist to differentiate the diagnosis, help manage co-morbid behaviors common in dementias, and offer recommendations on items such as medication management or non-pharmacologic strategies
  • A Care Planning meeting for patients and families to formulate short and long-term priorities, as well as referrals to community resources
  • Education for clinicians, patients and caregivers in our region

Our Team

The providers on the Center of Excellence team bring a depth of knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia to the region.

Johnathan Braiman, MD

Dr. Braiman received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University. He then obtained his Medical Degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Uniformed Services Health Sciences University, and served our country in the United States Armed Services from 1987-1995. An upstate New York native, Dr. Braiman brings nearly 25 years of Neurology experience to the Center of Excellence.

Richard Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and obtained post-doctoral training at New York University where he served as Chief Resident. He practices at Glens Falls Neurology and works in collaboration with the Center’s Social Worker on initial assessment and diagnosis. In this capacity, Dr. Jackson determines when further assessment or tests are required, identifies candidates for clinical trials and transitions the patient to the Care Manager within The Center of Excellence for short and long-term planning. In addition to his interest in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Jackson is pursuing post-doctoral training for stroke management. Dr. Jackson’s commitment to early diagnosis is instrumental to the strategy held by The Center of Excellence.

Phyllis Broege, PhD, RN

Dr. Broege received her nursing degree from Pace University, and her doctorate in Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral training in Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy. Dr. Broege has been with Glens Falls Hospital since 2001, and is a valuable resource in administering granular assessments for language, memory and cognition. Dr. Broege’s work bridges the clinical aspect with the neuropsychological component of identify Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Gwen Rowland, LMSW

Gwendolyn Rowland, MSW, serves as the Social Worker for the Center of Excellence. Gwen obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Development at the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego. She then obtained her Master’s in Social Work from SUNY Albany. There, she participated in the Internships in the Aging Project, in which she spent a year interning with the Alzheimer’s Association and Albany Medical Center’s Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease. Gwen is an upstate New York native, and looks forward to supporting patients, caregivers, and all those facing the disease.

Ruth E. Fish, RN, C-FNP

Ruth E. Fish, RN, C-FNP, obtained her Bachelors in Science in Nursing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then obtained her Master's in Nursing with a double major in Family Nurse Practice and Community Health. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who brings more than thirty years of experience in Geriatric and Internal Medicine to the Center of Excellence. Ruth's unique skills and passion for her work and patients are an asset to the program and to the community it serves.

Heather O’Connor, MBA

Heather O’Connor, MBA, is the Program’s Director. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. Heather has a diverse background that includes pharmaceutical industry experience with therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, Health Information Technology Program Management, and Finance. Heather worked on both the ARCHIE and HIXNY projects to interconnect electronic medical records where she wrote grants, managed deliverables and served on workgroups to develop the New York State RHIO Privacy and Security policies. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dynamic team, and to collaborate with our community’s resources for helping patients and their families.