CROTON-ON-HUDSON – Bethel Homes and Services is pleased to announce that Medical Director, Edward L. Merker, MD, CMD, has been named one of Westchester County’s Top Doctors for the tenth consecutive year.
According to Westchester Magazine, which publishes the Top Doctors’ list, Dr. Merker is one of 253 doctors, representing 53 specialties, so named in the October 2012 issue. Physicians receive this recognition from their peers and the results are researched, reviewed and vetted by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
In addition to serving as Bethel’s Medical Director, Dr. Merker is also a senior member of a five physician Family Practice Group in Pleasantville, NY. Dr Merker co-founded this group as Family Medical Care PC 27 years ago. It is now part of a larger multi-specialty practice, North Star Medical Group PC.
Says Ms. Beth Goldstein, CEO at Bethel, “We are not surprised that Dr. Merker was named to this list again in 2012! He is a dedicated and compassionate professional who always goes above and beyond the realm of his responsibilities to ensure quality service and results for our residents. The Bethel community is fortunate to have had his medical oversight for the past two years and we look forward to continuing this relationship.”
In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Merker oversees the Attending Physicians at Bethel, reviews patient charts and care plans, has oversight of the Wound Care program, participates in Quality of Care Committee meetings, develops/streamlines policies and procedures, performs employee physicals and consults with clinical and administrative staff as needed, among other such responsibilities.
“Our geriatric population has specific health issues that need to be taken into consideration when assessing their cares and outcomes,” says Dr. Merker. “I am pleased to be able to offer such medical attention and advice to help our seniors live a higher quality of life. This vulnerable population is relying on us to take care of them and they certainly deserve the best care we can provide to enhance their day to day living experience,” says Dr. Merker.
Dr. Merker also served as a member on the Medical Board of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center as well as the Director for its Department of Family Practice. He presently sits on the New Ventures Committee at Phelps. He has also held the position of Medical Director at other local Nursing Homes.
Bethel Homes and Services is the only not-for-profit organization in Northern Westchester offering healthcare and housing to seniors through a full continuum of care in Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining, NY. These services include: Home Care; Adult Day Service; Independent Senior Living Apartments; Assisted Senior Living Residence; two Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers; Hospice and Respite Care. For more information, please call 914-739-6700.