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How to Get Started Creating Age and Dementia-Friendly Communities and Health Systems
Maura Brennan, MD
Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Post-acute Medicine, Baystate Health (BH)
Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
Program Director, BH Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Assoc. Medical Director, Baystate Hospice
Maura Brennan came to Baystate Medical Center as an intern in 1989 and has been there since. She received a BA from Barnard College, graduated from Yale University School of Medicine, did her residency in internal medicine at Baystate and trained in geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
She has worked broadly throughout the Baystate system over the past quarter century. Clinical work in recent years has focused on geriatrics consultation in the hospital and community health centers. She has received multiple scholarships and awards. These include: The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Teacher of the Year Award from the internal medicine residents, Baystate’s “Excellence in Teaching’ Award and a Hartford Foundation grant supporting chief resident immersion training in geriatrics. In 2017 she was honored by the American Geriatrics Society with the Jahnigen Award for a senior clinician educator.
She is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She is also a certified hospice medical director and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has served as president of the National Association for Geriatrics Education and is a frequent speaker at annual meetings of the American Geriatrics Society and the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has served on the planning committee for Baystate’s Schwartz Rounds for over a decade and has received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and was a finalist for the Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award.
She is the chief of the division of geriatrics, palliative care and post-acute medicine at Baystate Health. She is a clinician educator who trains residents and fellows and serves as the program director for the geriatric medicine fellowship and has published widely in the fields of geriatrics and palliative medicine. In 2015 she became the director of Baystate’s $3.4 million four-year “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program” grant from Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA ). This award made Baystate one of only 44 nationally funded geriatric education centers and supports educational and clinical programming in geriatrics and palliative care with an emphasis on the community health centers and the acute care for elders (ACE) program at Baystate Medical Center.