The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center Named Arc of NJ’s Healthcare Professional of 2017

September 21st, 2017

By Daniel Meara, Communications Manager

The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center’s staff has been collectively selected as The Arc of New Jersey’s Healthcare Professional of the Year for 2017. The Healthcare Center opened in 2011 and is Greater Mercer’s only healthcare facility dedicated to treating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Arc Mercer’s physicians provide primary health care to individuals with I/DD with complex medical problems, and they also coordinate care among multiple specialists. The Arc Mercer’s behavioral health team includes an in-house psychiatrist, behavioral health clinician and social worker who utilize integrated care with The Arc Mercer programs. Because of the excellence of their health care services, The Arc Mercer has documented a more than 500% decline in hospital ER visits and unplanned hospitalizations … a truly remarkable accomplishment.

The Arc of New Jersey Executive Director Thomas Baffuto described the exceptional level of care the health care center provides, which is particularly important for patients with special needs. He said, “Quality healthcare is essential to every person’s life, but it is even more important for people with developmental disabilities. It is critical that they receive comprehensive and compassionate care from health care professionals who are knowledgeable about the complex needs of people with developmental disabilities. The professionals at The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center are an extraordinary group of dedicated health care providers who consistently go ‘above and beyond’ to care for their patients. The Arc of New Jersey is pleased to honor them with our 2017 Health Care Professional of the Year Award.”

This past spring, The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center moved into an expanded facility, where it can better treat its hundreds of patients. The Healthcare Center’s extensive services include primary health care, referral to specialists and care coordination, psychiatry and behavioral supports, and podiatry with an in-house podiatrist.

The dedicated employees of The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center who are so deserving of sharing the honor of Health Care Professional of the Year are:

Dr. Michelle Tomlinson, primary care physician

Dr. Catherine Schiano, primary care physician

Dr. Carolina Diao, psychiatrist

Dr. Monica Spencer, podiatrist/administrator

Monica Quaste, M.A., LPC, Director of behavioral services

Carol Bastian, R.N., healthcare center nurse

Myles Brakeman, LCSW

Angela Chapman, medical administrative assistant

To attend The Arc of New Jersey’s Awards Dinner and celebrate the The Arc Mercer Healthcare Center’s excellence, call 732-733-6013.