New Jersey’s Joshua Schor Is 2017 Medical Director of the Year

April 5, 2017
Perry Gwen Meyers,

Joshua Schor, MD, CMD, Senior Medical Director at Optum Complex Care Management and Medical Director at Daughters of Israel in West Orange, NJ, is the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s 2017 Medical Director of the Year. He was presented with the award during the Society’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, on March 17, 2017. “Identifying one individual to honor as Medical Director of the Year is very challenging. I talk to practitioners every day who deserve recognition for their commitment, passion, and leadership. Dr. Schor has all of these qualities and more,” says Christopher Laxton, CAE, the Society’s Executive Director.

“I was flabbergasted when I heard that I’d won this award,” Dr. Schor says. He adds, “It actually recognizes the hard work of everyone at our facility; we can all walk a little taller and prouder.”

Dr. Schor is an active, involved medical director at Daughters of Israel, where he has served in that role since 2001. In 2014, he established an interdisciplinary wound care team, which put into place new protocols and equipment, as well as created a liaison with an external wound specialist who visits once a week. As result, the facility’s wound numbers showed improvement, and staff have seen dramatic improvement in the healing of complex wounds.

Under his leadership, Daughters of Israel participates in a training course to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). As a result, the center has achieved a 0% CAUTI rate. Recently, though a New Jersey Council for the Humanities grant, he started a program called “Caring Conversations” that brings staff together to talk about ways to promote teamwork, communication, and job satisfaction. Dr. Schor presented a session about this program at the Society’s 2017 Annual Conference.

Anticipating the growing need for quality post-acute care, Dr. Schor played a leadership role in creating a separate Rehab Center at Daughters of Israel, which opened in 2009. He says, “Post-acute care has changed dramatically. Our average patient is 90 and often on expensive biologic and chemotherapy agents for advanced cancers. We have to manage these patients and keep them from being readmitted to the hospital while addressing prognoses realistically with families.”

A long-time Society member, Dr. Schor currently serves on the Membership Committee and is Past-President of the New Jersey Medical Directors Association. He is an enthusiastic educator and often presents in-service programs for staff and educational presentations to a variety of groups. He is the author of the book, “The Nursing Home Guide: A Doctor Reveals What You Need to Know About Long-Term Care.”

The Medical Director of the Year Award, established in 2007, recognizes those individuals whose vision, leadership, and commitment succeed in taking patient care in the facilities they serve as medical directors to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation.