POINT PLEASANT, N.J. – Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant has launched a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, naming board-certified nephrologist Dr. Joseph Albanese, D.O., as its director. The 118-bed skilled nursing facility in Point Pleasant is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade, with physical improvements and programming enhancements including the CKD initiative.
Dr. Albanese is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and specializes in clinical hypertension. He serves as the dialysis medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and also maintains a private practice in Ocean County.
Crest Pointe’s new CKD management program provides specialized care and services to patients with CKD and related diagnoses. The program aims to preserve kidney function and prevent further decline through a balance of treatment and education. This includes protocols to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence.
In addition to consults with Dr. Albanese and other board-certified specialists, program features include diabetic management, health coaching and dietary education, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities, among other services and therapies. Patients undergoing any form of dialysis treatment will have their treatment carefully coordinated with the dialysis unit to assure continuity and overall quality of specialized service.
Crest Pointe developed its CKD management program with Marquis Health Services, which provides nursing home consulting for the facility. “Dr. Albanese is highly respected for his expertise and leadership in the field of nephrology, and Crest Pointe is pleased to partner with him on its new CKD management program,” said Pam Montemurno, regional director of marketing development at Marquis.
Dr. Albanese earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa; he completed his nephrology fellowship and his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine, among others.
“Chronic kidney disease is prevalent among seniors and often associated with co-morbidities,” said Dr. Albanese. “Crest Pointe’s comprehensive program is much needed and aims to meet the complex healthcare needs of those living with CKD in Point Pleasant and the surrounding community.”
Located at 1515 Hulse Road, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility offers patients a scenic place to rehab and recover, as many patient rooms boast views of the Point Pleasant Canal.
A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company based in nearby Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Services currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds