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Provider Spotlight: Alyssa Bernstein, CRNP

Alyssa Bernstein, CRNP is an advanced practice provider (APP) and the clinical manager of the Home Recovery Care program at Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital. When she graduated as a nurse practitioner in 2021, she was excited to join the innovative program. In her role, she is responsible for identifying patients who qualify for the…

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Kamia Thakur, Penn State Health

Dr. Kamia Thakur is a hospitalist and the Medical Director of Penn State Health’s Home Recovery Care program in Hershey, PA. The joint venture with Contessa was launched in June of 2022. Dr. Thakur recalls her initial introduction to the concept when the health system recruited its physicians to help with the program. “I was…

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Sowjanya Bapani, Marshfield Clinic Health System 

Dr. Sowjanya Bapani’s journey as a hospitalist working with the Marshfield Clinic Home Recovery Care program began in 2016, when the program was still new. Dr. Bapani shares that at first, providers were hesitant about adopting the innovative program. “It was a challenge to find that right patient [clinically] to send home and also the…

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Mahmood Shahlapour, Dignity Health

Dr. Mahmood Shahlapour is a hospitalist with Pioneer Hospitalist Group, working with the Dignity Health network out of Mercy Gilbert Hospital in Chandler, Arizona. Two years ago, he was introduced to Dignity Health Home Recovery Care, a program that transfers eligible patients home to receive hospital-level care.  He recalls it was a paradigm shift: “I…

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jessica Embrescia, Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Jessica Embrescia, a SNFist with Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is passionate about providing specialized care to seniors. She began her work as a general internist with AHN in 2016 and transitioned to a dedicated SNFist in April 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a SNFist she works exclusively with patients who…

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