Matthew L. Arroyo, M.D.
PINEHURST – With Moore County’s continuously increasing population of aging retirees, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has recognized the need for a program to address the special health care requirements of this unique community. Its response has been the FirstHealth Physician Group Geriatric Inpatient Medicine Program.
An outgrowth of Moore Regional’s Hospitalist Service, the Geriatric Inpatient Medicine Program was designed with a specific goal.
“This service was created to address the needs of geriatric patients in the hospital,” says Matthew L. Arroyo, M.D., the geriatric specialist heading the Moore Regional program. “Our focus is on geriatric syndromes, such as depression, delirium and dementia, as well as the coordinated management of orthopaedic and complex medical issues.”
Geriatric care (also known as elder care or senior health care) involves the planning and coordination of care of the elderly. The goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life and maintain his/her independence for as long as possible with various types of health and social care services.
Areas covered during a comprehensive geriatric assessment include:
- Chronic conditions
- Goals of care
- Physical function
- Medication reconciliation
- Other geriatric syndromes
- Psychosocial issues
Assessment coordination may also include the Emergency Department, especially in consultations involving patients from long-term-care facilities; orthopaedics, to co-manage patients with fragility fractures; and inpatient consultation, when dealing with complex issues such as agitation, placement or elder abuse.
“Our program has the advantage of Dr. Arroyo’s extensive background in both internal medicine and elder care as well as the availability of a multidisciplinary team representing the continuum of care,” says Dan Barnes, D.O., president of the FirstHealth Physician Group. “Given this area’s aging population, we had an obvious need for an inpatient service of this kind and we expect a very positive response to these unique health care challenges.
A board certified internal and geriatric medicine physician, Dr. Arroyo earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine in Charlottesville and a master of public health from The State University of New York at Albany and the New York State Health Department.
He completed a combined internal medicine and master of public health residency at Albany Medical Center in New York and a geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include the American Geriatric Society and the American Public Health Association.
For more information on the FirstHealth Physician Group Geriatric Inpatient Medicine Program, call (800) 213-3284.