New Acute Care for the Elderly Unit Opens at OakBend Medical Center


Barry Beard, Jeff Council, May Tape and Joe Freudenberger.

Barry Beard, Jeff Council, May Tape and Joe Freudenberger.

In January of 2011, the first baby boomer turned 65 years old. With approximately 79 million baby boomers, for the next 18 years there will be almost 8,000 boomers turning 65 each day. In 2013, OakBend Medical Center held its “Patchwork of Life…Putting the Pieces Together” fundraiser to begin preparing for the increased need in elder care. The community gave generously to support the building of an ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit at the Jackson Street campus of OakBend Medical Center, the only one of its kind in Fort Bend County.

Bob Brown and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

Bob Brown and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

On Thursday, January 8th, the hospital held the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting in celebration of its new unit. The Unit, headed up by Dr. Owen Capocyan, is specifically designed with the elderly in mind. Utilizing the most recent research on geriatric care, OakBend designed the Unit to prevent the loss of physical and mental abilities that can occur in the elderly when hospitalized.

The unit takes a multi-disciplinary approach involving a geriatrician, dietitian, physical therapists, pharmacist, case manager and NICHE trained nurse manager to provide a specialized care environment for the elderly that promotes a home-like feel, encourages family involvement and decreases length of stay. From low-glare flooring and a warm color palette to a community dining area, the Unit was designed to promote mobility and socialization, two cornerstones of recovery for the elderly patient.

Owen Capocyan and Crystal Lewis.

Owen Capocyan and Crystal Lewis.

“We are excited to have the ACE Unit open,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “Being able to offer this service to our community means a great deal to me and to my staff. As a son with two elderly parents, I know how important it is to have them receive the best care possible by someone who understands the special needs of seniors, and I can think of no better place than a Unit dedicated solely for the purpose of caring for seniors.”

The ACE Unit is designed to treat patients with a variety of issues, such as pneumonia, anemia, GI bleeding, dehydration, compression fractures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), weight loss/anorexia, or those who may need medical observation for weakness, imbalance or falls.

OakBend Medical Center is an independent, community-minded health care organization located in the heart of Fort Bend County, providing quality care and exemplary service with its two full-service hospitals, as well as many specialty centers. For more information, visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org.

The ribbon cutting for OakBend Medical Center’s new ACE Unit.

The ribbon cutting for OakBend Medical Center’s new ACE Unit.