ESU, Pocono Medical Center Team Up To Improve the Lives of Patients and Curb Hospital Readmissions

Posted by: jrivera on October 28, 2013, No Comments

A select group of East Stroudsburg University students are learning how to be health coaches, which is an innovative program being implemented in a partnership between ESU and Pocono Medical Center (PMC) aimed at improving the lives of patients and curbing hospital readmissions.

PMC’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Jonathan Goldner (back right) and PMC President Kathy Kuck (left) both guest lecturers give instruction to students in a class titled “Professional Practice in Health Education” on Wednesday, October 23 at DeNike Center for Human Services on ESU’s campus.

The ESU students in the program – many of who are going on to health science careers – visit the patients in their homes to help them follow their doctor’s advice. They also gain valuable insight into how to work with patients, in addition to learning lessons on privacy and medical ethics issues.

Dr. Goldner, Gregory B. Dwyer, Ph.D., ESU professor of exercise science, and Alberto Cardelle, Ph.D., ESU professor of health sciences and interim dean of the college of health sciences, initiated the program in the Fall of 2012. It has included students from many different majors and guest lecturers with a variety of professional backgrounds.