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SMH Geriatrician Recognized for Long Term Care Expertise

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Heather Capello, MDSarasota Memorial Health Care System is proud to announce that Heather Cappello, MD, board certified geriatrician and family physician with First Physicians Group and Sarasota Memorial's Memory Disorder Clinic, has been granted the specialized title of Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care by the American Medical Directors Certification Program (AMDP). Dr. Cappello works with patients, families and caregivers at Sarasota Memorial's Memory Disorder Clinic and also serves as Associate Medical Director at the Pines of Sarasota.

The Certified Medical Director program recognizes the dual clinical and managerial roles of the medical director. To become certified, applicants must demonstrate core skills and knowledge in both clinical medicine and medical management in long term care. Among other qualifications, applicants must complete a number of education requirements, including fellowship programs, board certification, continuing medical education, CMD-approved and AMDA-sponsored courses in medical direction, and other continuing education programs. Once awarded, certification is valid for six years. 

A 2009 study commissioned by the AMDCP -- an independent not-for-profit organization -- found that the quality of nursing home care improved by 15% with certified medical directors. Dr. Cappello, who joined Sarasota Memorial's First Physicians Group in October 2010 – is one of approximately 3,000 physicians nationwide and 128 physicians in Florida who have received the designation since the program's inception in 1991.

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