2018: The Year of the Flu?

This winter is shaping up to be pretty tough on all of us. The weather has been more extreme, and, unfortunately, so has the flu virus. The CDC says flu activity is widespread in all U.S. states except Hawaii, and the projections put the season continuing until May.

Hospitals in NJ are seeing huge increases in flu cases as compared to last year. Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel reported a 187% increase in flu patients this year. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick also confirmed an upsurge in flu admissions in January.

Part of the problem is that the flu strains active this year are particularly aggressive, and the vaccines are less effective than normal. Still, the CDC advises that if you haven’t gotten the vaccine yet, it’s not too late to get it now. This flu season is one of the worst in recent history, and getting the vaccine will offer you an extra level of protection.

Feeling under the weather and not sure if it’s the flu? Here’s a neat little chart from the CDC comparing the symptoms for the common cold and the flu:

chart showing the difference between cold and flu symptoms
Credit: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Dr. Vasantha Perkari at Regency Park Nursing Center

Dr. Vasantha Perkari
Dr. Vasantha Perkari

From time to time, we spotlight some of our world class doctors who are credentialed and operate at the various Regency nursing and rehab facilities in New Jersey.

One of our superstar attending physicians at Regency Park in Hazlet, is Dr. Vasantha Perkari.

Dr. Perkari has been with us for some time and has engendered a well deserved reputation, both in the community as well as in our facility, for her expertise in medicine and above all, her incredible compassion towards her patients.

Dr. Perkari is the consummate professional and she is deeply committed to her patients.

Our nursing staff at Regency Park, loves collaborating with her and regard her with great esteem and admiration.

She is truly a “Regency Superstar” and we are grateful to have her on board!

With two convenient offices in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Vasantha Perkari has specialized in Internal Medicine in the State of New Jersey since 1989 and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Perkari is the Chief of Medicine of Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, New Jersey.  She is the Chair of Internal Medicine at Bayshore Community Hospital and the Chair of the Central Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at  Bayshore Community Hospital and Jersey Shore Medical Center.  Dr. Perkari is also affiliated with Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Regency Nursing & Rehab Centers Receives Accolades During Hurricane Sandy

During the recent Hurricane Sandy which wrought devastation across a large swathe of the Tri Sate Area, the Regency Nursing and Rehab Centers across New Jersey received numerous accolades from all sectors of the healthcare industry for their incredible handling of the crisis.

In fact, Regency Nursing Centers in Hazlet and Wayne New Jersey were specifically recognized by the local hospitals for admitting countless evacuees, which was further facilitated by the relaxation of the CMS guidelines.

Bayshore Hospital in the Holmdel/Hazlet area of New Jersey singled out the Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center located on Highway 35, for their invaluable assistance in accepting and caring for the many patients who were in desperate need of medical care and shelter.

Of the several nursing facilities in the area, including Bayshore Healthcare, Arnold Walter, Laurel Bay and Care One in Holmdel, Regency Park stood out as a beacon of help and assistance during this time of need.

The compassionate and enthusiastic support which they extended to the local hospitals went above and beyond all expectations and was greatly appreciated!

In addition, the Regency Nursing Centers were very pro-active in providing their concerned families with real time updates via email regarding the condition of their loved ones and the precautionary steps being taken to ensure the safety and security of the patients and residents.

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