Dr. Bharati Srivastava will also build a primary care practice on the campus of the leading Continuing Care Retirement Community in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg, Va– Patriots Colony At Williamsburg is pleased not only to welcome Dr. Bharati Srivastava as its new medical director, but to also announce with her arrival the building of a primary care practice for its older adult residents at the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).

"I'm an internist, but in addition to that, I'm a geriatrician," Srivastava said. "Patriots Colony is a perfect place for me." 

Sponsored by Riverside Health System, Patriots Colony offers all levels of care on one campus – from independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing care. The independent living community on the campus is open to military officers, officer equivalent federal civil servants and their spouses.

Srivastava's arrival increases the level of medical support to the residents. The primary care team, which includes nurses, nurse practitioners and social workers, is led by Srivastava and available on campus, five days a week.

Bringing this integrated "medical home" model to Williamsburg and Patriots Colony "is a great benefit to the residents," Srivastava said. "The team is available any day that any resident gets sick. Residents are starting to come see me more regularly, instead of just when they have an emergency."

"Being seen regularly promotes good health," she said.

Offering specialty trained, innovative and increased levels of care for older adults is a staple of Riverside's Lifelong Health and Aging Related Services Division.

Riverside recently opened the first de-institutionalized nursing home, called a Household Model, in Virginia, offers home health technologies to older adults who wish to age in place, and have established and operates one of Virginia's largest Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). 

That dedication to older adult care, Srivastava said, enticed her to join the Riverside team.

Before joining Riverside, Srivastava practiced in Michigan for nearly three decades. Her Board Certifications include the American Board of Internal Medicine-Geriatric Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She completed her geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

"I have done anything you can imagine in geriatric medical care," Srivastava said, citing her work in a community hospital that ran an Acute Care for the Elders Unit – a hospital unit which Riverside Regional Medical Center plans to open this year. Her experience also includes working in an emergency room specially designed just for older adults and a general primary care geriatric practice.

In addition to her role at Patriots Colony, Srivastava serves as the medical director for the Riverside Health System Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health based in Williamsburg. The center features innovative practices like comprehensive geriatric assessment, clinical trials, driver rehabilitation assessment and training, research and programs to support care givers.

Published: April 11, 2013