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.

How to Make an Appointment

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

Patients & Families – We consider it a privilege to be involved in your healthcare or the health of your loved one.  Please plan to have the following information from the patient’s primary care provider sent to Glens Falls Neurology at least 1 week prior to the appointment:

  • Relevant radiology reports and images (electronically or on disc)
  • Laboratory results
  • Relevant office notes

Physicians – We are honored to collaborate with you.  Please plan to have the following information included in your referral to Glens Falls Neurology at least 1 week prior to the appointment:

  • Relevant radiology reports and images (electronically or on disc)
  • Laboratory results
  • Relevant office notes
  • Please include copies of any previous assessments such as the MOCA, MMSE, or others

 

How to Prepare for your First Visit to Glens Falls Neurology

Whether you visit the office in-person or, have an appointment using video conferencing or, telephone, the following will help to maximize your experience.

  • Please plan to have a close friend, family member or, caregiver who knows you well accompany you to the visit.
  • Please bring any current medications (including over-the-counter) you are taking to the appointment. Please also bring any vitamins, minerals or herbal supplements you might take.
  • If you have hearing aids and/or corrective glasses, please have them with you.
  • It can help to write down questions you have prior to the visit.

What to Expect

Patients are seen in the Glens Falls Neurology practice which is in the Pruyn Pavilion.

  • During a New Patient Visit, a physical assessment and some information gathering will occur. Some of this information can be obtained through brief “pen & pencil” tests.  Some of this information can be obtained by talking and learning more about symptoms.
  • You or your companion will be asked to complete a few questionnaires prior to the appointment.
  • The initial appointment could take up to one to one and a half hours. Arriving 20 minutes prior to your appointment or being ready 20 minutes in advance of a video visit helps to finalize forms, address technical issues, and most importantly, maximize the time for your care.
  • It is possible that some additional testing might be ordered. This may include MRI scans, labs, or cognitive testing.
  • After all the information is gathered and tests have been performed, the Neurology specialists will meet with the patient and family to provide feedback on his or, her interpretation of the patient’s current symptoms. Findings will be shared in this visit.
  • The team at Glens Falls Neurology is comprised of professionals who help provide patients and families with educational material and contact information about valuable resources in our community. Following your assessment, an appointment can be scheduled to learn more.

Center of Excellence
for Alzheimer’s Disease

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

Phone: 518-926-2940
Fax: 518-926-2941

Provider Education

Virtual Dementia Education Series

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

Where to Park

  • Park in Pruyn Lot (Valet Parking is available)
  • Enter through Pruyn Pavilion Entrance

Full Parking Map

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Physicians & Providers

Jonathan Braiman, MD, Neurologist at Glens Falls Hospital

Jonathan Braiman, MD

Jonathan Braiman, MD, Neurologist at Glens Falls Hospital

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

Suzanne Dickson, PhD

Ruth Fish, FNP, Glens Falls Neurology

Ruth Fish, FNP

Ruth Fish, FNP, Glens Falls Neurology

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, Hudson Falls Medical Center

Philip Gara, MD

Gwen Rowland

Gwendolyn Rowland, MSW

Gwen Rowland

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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