SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hampton Health, Ltd. (hamptonhealthltd.com), a San Francisco-based private medical practice specializing in comprehensive Internal Medicine and Geriatric care with an emphasis on smooth care transitions into Post-Acute Assisted Living Facilities, is pleased to announce that company Founder and President Dr. John H. Fullerton has been appointed Certified Medical Director to AlmaVia of San Rafael, a leading senior assisted living community in Marin County. In addition to his directorship, Dr. Fullerton will establish an on-site medical practice open to AlmaVia residents as well as the local community.
AlmaVia of San Rafael (www.almaviaofsanrafael.org) is a retirement community developed, owned and operated by Elder Care Alliance (www.ElderCareAlliance.org) on the former site of Faith Lutheran Church. The new on-site medical practice will feature full-service, inter-disciplinary, team-oriented care and clinical support solutions, including physicians, physician assistants, phlebotomists, diabetic educators, Harvard-trained lifestyle/health medicine coaches, St. Mary’s Medical Center geriatric residents as well as medical students and physician assistant/nurse practitioner student trainees from multiple university programs.
“Dr. Fullerton makes an ideal addition to our organization, combining expert leadership skills in working with physicians as well as a distinguished career as a top health provider,” said Jesse Jantzen, Elder Care Alliance CEO and President. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fullerton to the team and look forward to this successful collaboration between AlmaVia and Hampton Health.”
Dr. Fullerton brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of internal medicine and geriatric care, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. In addition, he is a certified Hospice and Long-Term Care Medical Director and certified in Home Care.
“It is an honor to take on the directorship at AlmaVia as it encourages an ongoing goal to provide high-quality geriatric care at a facility that shares my passion to support the health, education and active lifestyle of those in the elderly community and their families,” said Dr. Fullerton. “This partnership with AlmaVia involves a thoughtful, family-centric, shared vision that will bring a whole new level of care and commitment to assisted living communities we serve-including fostering improved geriatric health, wellness, and education for the future.”
Dr. Fullerton is the appointed Director of Geriatric Education for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Key Faculty at Dignity Health/St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC-SF, CA). As clinical faculty at St. Mary’s, UCSF, Yale, USC, Touro and other training programs, Dr. Fullerton more recently developed his private practice, Hampton Health, Ltd., to spread general medicine and geriatric care and training through affiliation agreements with many of these institutions. For more than 10 years he has worked with numerous skilled nursing facilities and assisted living sites throughout San Francisco and Marin County that have been recognized as geriatric training sites.
Prior to accepting his new appointment at AlmaVia of San Rafael, Dr. Fullerton spent 12 years as Medical Director for Aegis of Corte Madera during which time their website publicized, “Aegis of Corte Madera has the unique distinction in Northern California of offering an onsite geriatric medical practice with esteemed medical director, Dr. John H. Fullerton. This one-of-a-kind partnership with Aegis of Corte Madera and Hampton Health, Ltd. provides an opportunity for residents to receive valuable medical care within the community.” His time at Aegis of Corte Madera focused on the assisted living and Alzheimer’s disease units, where he received the highest accolades as “a pioneer in innovative methods of Assisted Living care, Dr. Fullerton’s credentials are extremely rare and his expertise in the field of geriatric medicine unsurpassed.” At the request of Aegis and his promise to his patients, Dr. Fullerton will continue to maintain the smaller Southern Marin/Corte Madera on-site office location.
Dr. Fullerton is President-Elect for the California Chapter of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA). He also sits on the Board of Directors for the California Chapter of AMDA-CALTCM, where he proudly serves as the AMDA co-chair of Public Policy for the State of California as well as sits on the Public Policy Committee of AMDA nationally in Washington, D.C. He has more recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Coalition for Culture Change in Sacramento. In Marin, he has been on the medical staff of Marin General Hospital for over a decade, has strong ties to Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, is co-chair of the PA/LTC committee of the Meritage Accountable Care Organization, and is a part-time hospice medical director for Hospice by the Bay in Larkspur.
Dr. Fullerton earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and received his medical degree from the University of Miami. He pursued his medical internship and residency at California Pacific Medical Center, where he served as Chief Medical Resident in 1988. He received a Proclamation from the mayor of San Francisco in December 1994, naming a day in his honor for his work treating the underserved and uninsured, as well as for his work in the area of facility-based geriatric training.
About Hampton Health, Ltd.
Hampton Health, Ltd. is a private clinical practice and medical home specializing in general internal medicine, geriatric care and consultation, hospice and palliative medicine, addiction medicine and preventive care. With locations in the San Francisco and Marin County (as well as the South Bay), HHL was co-founded by Dr. John H. Fullerton and his wife Kate McElroy Fullerton, PA-C. HHL provides health care and lifestyle modifications to patients at each stage of life and at all levels of care including acute, rehabilitative, assisted and independent living facility care, home care, palliative and hospice. HHL has a long history and particular emphasis on providing medical care solutions to residents within assisted and independent living communities and promoting enhanced on-site primary care and preventive treatment in an effort to avoid transfers to acute hospitals or nursing homes. HHL equally focuses on assisting the “baby boomers” in San Francisco and Marin Counties through preventive care and chronic disease management, while off-loading their caregiver stressors by assuming the comprehensive care of their aging relatives. HHL specializes in forging community-based relationships, on-site clinical support along with timely urgent care and education. For more information about Hampton Health, Ltd. and its services, visit hamptonhealthltd.com.
About AlmaVia of San Rafael
AlmaVia of San Rafael, situated in the heart of beautiful Marin County, is a vibrant retirement community dedicated to providing quality senior services and a supportive senior assisted living community that opened its doors in May 2006. It was created through a unique collaboration among Elder Care Alliance, Faith Lutheran Church, and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To support the provision of high-quality resident care, AlmaVia implemented state of the art technology encompassing electronic medication management and electronic charting of nurses, med-techs and caregiver staff. Additionally, AlmaVia of San Rafael has implemented the I’m Still Here™ philosophy in its memory care neighborhood. Through environmental adaptions, communication and specialized learning techniques, staff training, and cultural and life enrichment programs, the approach enables people living with dementia to achieve improved functioning and a higher quality of life. For more information, visit www.almaviaofsanrafael.org.
About Elder Care Alliance
Elder Care Alliance is a nonprofit integrated system committed to serving and enriching the holistic wellness of older adults and those who care for them through education, innovation and a network of professionals, care communities and partners. All Elder Care Alliance communities foster environments of tolerance that welcome residents of all faiths and beliefs. Elder Care Alliance is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community & the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information about Elder Care Alliance or its other communities, visit www.ElderCareAlliance.org.