Delmar Gardens Medical Director, Dr. Charles Crecelius Named 2019 Medical Director of the Year by American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)
St. Louis, MO. —The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has named Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD, FACP, CMD, as its 2019 Medical Director of the Year. Established in 2007, this annual award recognizes a PALTC facility medical director whose vision, passion, leadership, and commitment succeed in taking patient care to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation. Dr. Crecelius is past-president of the Society and the Missouri Association of Long-Term Care Physicians. He has chaired and served on numerous committees, and he is a frequent and popular speaker on legislative and regulatory issues, as well as other topics, at the Society’s annual conferences and other national and regional meetings. Dr. Crecelius is currently the Medical Director at Delmar Gardens West, 13550 South Outer Forty Road and Delmar Gardens on the Green, 15197 Clayton Road; both located in Chesterfield, Missouri.
During his 20-year tenure at Delmar Gardens, Dr. Crecelius was instrumental in the development and implementation of Interdisciplinary Teams within Delmar Gardens including:
- Quality Assurance Performance Improving (QAPI)
- Fall Management Rounds
- Wound/Skin Care Rounds
- Behavioral Management Committee
- Weight Control Committee
Since 2012, Dr. Crecelius has served as the Medical Director of the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI), he has provided extensive leadership to the overall operations team, advanced practice nurses, and providers in each of the 16 facilities (eight Delmar Gardens locations). MOQI is a national demonstration project funded by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Innovations Coordination Office, the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. The MOQI Research Team from the University of Missouri-Columbia specifically sought Dr. Crecelius to be the Medical Director for the Initiative, currently in phase two.
“Dr. Crecelius takes ownership in the communities in which he serves as Medical Director. He has been instrumental in the education and compliance of the many attending physicians who are following care in our communities,” stated Gabe Grossberg, President and CEO of Delmar Gardens. “Dr. Crecelius holds all attending physicians accountable for the care they deliver. He communicates with Delmar Gardens executives, nursing staff and pharmacy consultants any concerns related to appropriate geriatric practices,” Grossberg concluded.
In addition to a 20-year tenure as medical director at Delmar Gardens West and Delmar Gardens on the Green skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities, Dr. Crecelius is an associate clinical professor of medicine and geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, where he shares his knowledge and passion with fellows. Additionally, Dr. Crecelius works with the BJC Accountable Care Organization in St Louis as Medical Director, Post-Acute Care Services. And he recently helped establish the PAC/LTC Consortium, a collaborative effort among post-acute care representatives from local hospitals and accountable care organizations, representatives from local skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and other stakeholders. The consortium provides a forum for professionals across the care continuum to share views and develop universal clinical care pathways.
“My ultimate boss is my patient,” says Dr. Crecelius, and that drives him to tirelessly serve them daily. He notes, “We have people in post-acute and long-term care who care about patients with extraordinary compassion. The older I get, the more choked up I get when I see random acts of kindness every day.”
A graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota, Dr. Crecelius received a PhD in Biochemistry and his MD from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Over the years, he has received numerous awards, including the Society’s prestigious William Dodd Founder’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Delmar Gardens West is a 288-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 13550 S. Outer 40 Road, Town & Country and Delmar Gardens on the Green is a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 15197 Clayton Road in Chesterfield, MO; both owned and operated by the Delmar Gardens Family. Founded in 1965, Delmar Gardens is a St. Louis-based, family owned and operated senior healthcare and development company. Delmar Gardens serves over 4,000 seniors in Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Illinois and Nevada; featuring skilled nursing, retirement, assisted living, home health, hospice, medical equipment, and pharmacy. Learn more at www.delmargardens.com.