Those who know Marie Aydelotte say she is deserving of recognition based on her work as a clinician, teacher, administrative leader, and the contributions she has made at Jewish Senior Life.
“Dr. Aydelotte is the consummate physician leader and champion for older adults in the post-acute and long-term setting,” says Annette Medina-Walpole. M.D., of the division of geriatrics and aging at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Since joining Jewish Senior Life in 2014, Aydelotte, vice president and chief medical officer, has led a number of important initiatives for the organization. For example, in 2015, Jewish Senior Life secured funding to enrich the palliative and end-of-life care services provided on its campus. The goal of the project, designed by a team led by Aydelotte, is to provide residents faced with serious illness – and their families – with a state-of-the-art program to promote quality of life and choice. The program emphasizes advanced care planning, palliative care consultation, avoiding hospitalization at end of life, and providing psychosocial support to residents and families.
Specific objectives included increasing the percentage of Jewish Home residents who completed advance directives regarding their wishes. After two years, the percentage skyrocketed from 40 percent to 97 percent. The program also aimed to reduce the number of residents hospitalized or visiting the emergency department during the final 30 days of life. After two years, that percentage fell from 10 percent to 3 percent. In addition, the program focused on educating Jewish Senior Life’s more than 1,000 staff members in principles of palliative and end-of-life care. Eighty-seven percent of staff members have completed training, and all new staff members receive training as part of orientation.
Aydelotte, 60, enjoys working with the frail elderly and their families, especially in the nursing home setting. “My goal is to provide respectful, high quality, person-centered care to maintain the best quality of life for elders in their last years of life,” she says. “I have worked to accomplish this as both a clinician and a nursing home medical director. I have also enjoyed working with students and medical trainees in the nursing home setting.”
Aydelotte provides and oversees geriatric care of the highest quality. “She is an extremely skilled geriatrician and palliative care physician and is highly regarded by her colleagues, her patients and their families,” Medina-Walpole says. “She is also a valuable and respected member of her interdisciplinary teams. Her clinical acumen is noteworthy and she is a capable and strong leader as chief medical officer. Under her leadership, Jewish Senior Life has achieved a five-star rating per CMS nursing home quality metrics – quite a remarkable accomplishment.”
Timothy Quill, M.D., who has known Aydelotte for 25 years, describes her as “a strong advocate for enhancing palliative care and hospice services for seniors living in the long-term care facilities where she was working, and a voice for integrating palliative care as a standard of care within long-term care and within geriatrics in the Rochester community.”