Rex Chapman 2010
2010 Rex Chapman Awardee
Florida State University
College of Medicine
Department of Geriatrics
RHF is recognizing the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine for its service to Lake Ella Manor, a 73-unit apartment building which opened in Tallahassee, Florida in 1985, with the 2010 Rex Chapman Award.
In 2006 the Department of Geriatrics spearheaded the medical school’s volunteer work at Lake Ella Manor with generous support from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation. The students’ initial volunteer service started a mentoring program with our residents, serving as mentors for the students and developing intergenerational friendships. As a result, the student organizations asked to provide various social and educational programs at Lake Ella Manor. Thus, the residents have benefited from social events, game nights, and wellness programs. An annual picnic has become a tradition that the residents look forward to each year in which they can socialize with the medical students and faculty as well as other seniors in the community. For the past three years the College of Medicine has provided transportation, a full meal with entertainment, and gifts to our residents.
In addition to the Department of Geriatrics and the various student organizations involvement, the student body, as a whole, has recently started learning community projects with ongoing health day topics. Each service day medical students provide blood pressure readings, vision screenings, flu information, and create emergency and medication files. They have also provided a Wii Sports Game, which the residents enjoy tremendously. On each service day the learning community provides 20 students and two medical doctors or PhDs that host the health day.
Our Service Coordinator Ceola Grant writes that the Florida State University College of Medicine medical students, staff, and faculty have truly gone above and beyond, not only providing volunteers, but also assisting with supplies, food, and a countless number of health presentations. This past year alone there were over 80 volunteers from the College of Medicine.
Accepting the award for the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics is Dr. Lisa Granville, Associate Chair and Professor. Prior to coming to FSU, she was the Associate Director of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She founded both of Miami’s Acute Care of the Elderly units at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital.