Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease

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 Pruyn Pavilion at Glens Falls Hospital .

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

What to Expect

Patients should be accompanied by a trusted informant-this is a person who knows the patient well or, provides care to the patient. The informant has an important role as they will assist in providing history and background of the patient’s symptoms. Please anticipate being at the appointment for at least 1 hour.

The office recommends that the following be faxed to the office in advance of the appointment:

  • Relevant medical notes
  • Imaging and laboratory results

The patient can expect a full neurological workup as well as brief, cognitive assessments.  These are “paper and pencil” tests to assess the patient’s cognition. Please be prepared to engage in these assessments by bringing appropriate eye wear, hearing aids etc.…

Depending on the individual’s need, additional visits to other areas of the program might be warranted.  These include Neuropsychology, Geriatric Psychiatry or laboratory testing and imaging studies. The Neurology office will work with you to determine the best, diagnostic strategy. The physician will review their findings with the patient and family/caregiver.

Embedded in the program is a Care Manager who meets with patients and families to discuss priorities and to provide framework on what to expect, recommended next steps, and available resources.

After a diagnosis is made, the Center of Excellence will partner with the patient and family to provide support and help to manage the disease.

Making an Appointment or Referral

Appointments can be made by physician referral or directly by patients and family members by calling 518-926-2940.

Education and Training

If you are interested in receiving additional information about provider education and training, please contact Heather O’ Connor at

Center of Excellence
for Alzheimer’s Disease

Pruyn Pavilion at
Glens Falls Hospital
3rd Floor
100 Park Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Phone: 518-926-2940
Fax: 518-926-2941

Where to Park

  • Park in Pruyn Lot
  • Enter through Pruyn Pavilion Entrance

Full Parking Map

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Physicians & Providers

Jonathan Braiman, MD

Jonathan 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 Glens Falls Neurology and has been instrumental in the success of the Center of Excellence of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital.

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Phyllis Broege, PhD, RN

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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.

Suzanne Dickson, PhD

Suzanne Dickson, PhD

Ruth Fish, FNP

Ruth Fish, 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 Glens Falls Neurology, as well as the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Ruth’s unique skills and passion for her work and patients are an asset to the program and to the community it serves.

Philip Gara, MD

Philip Gara, MD

Richard Jackson, MD

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 has been instrumental to the success of the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital.

As it relates to Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Jackson works in collaboration with the Center’s Social Worker on initial assessment and diagnosis. In this capacity, he 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.

Gwendolyn Rowland, MSW

Gwendolyn Rowland, MSW

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.

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