Amid the launch of Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, two United Church Homes locations that offer long-term and skilled nursing care welcomed a new medical director, Dr. Latha Venkatesh.
Dr. Venkatesh has joined the teams at Trinity Community at Beavercreek and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). Hailing from India, she has lived in the Dayton area for 24 years and has been providing care in long-term care communities for over a decade.
Medical directors work with the administrator, nursing director and other health professionals to develop formal resident-care policies. These policies provide for the total medical and psycho-social needs of residents, promote residents’ rights and assure medical care is available to residents, among other duties. Dr. Venkatesh was board certified in internal medicine in 2009. She has a private practice in Xenia as part of the Kettering Primary Network, previously served as medical director of Greene Oaks Retirement Community in Xenia and offered comprehensive geriatric care at Widow’s Home and Sycamore Glen Rehab in Mason.
The new medical director said she wants to improve care for older adults in the Miami Valley.
“As Baby Boomers age, their care needs to be more focused,” Dr. Venkatesh said. “My parents (who live in India) are 90 and 86, and I hardly get to see them. Once every three years, I visit them in India. So, I feel better doing something for older people. I enjoy getting to know my patients well and improving the continuity of care.”
Dr. Venkatesh’s goals include standardizing care in the communities, training nurses toward more complete resident care and introducing geriatric treatments to those nurses, who Dr. Venkatesh said are extremely talented and passionate about their roles.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Venkatesh to the Trinity family,” said Laura Farrell, senior executive director of senior living services. “Her expertise and experience will be great additions to our care teams.”