Hampden native to lead summit on care for the elderly

Posted Oct. 25, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Amy Cotton, a nurse practitioner and director of Operations and Senior Service Quality for Eastern Maine Healthcare System’s Continuum of Care, will lead The World Congress Leadership Summit on Innovative Care Delivery Models for the Aging Population, Nov. 7-8 in Vienna, Va.

According to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the elderly make up close to 13 percent of the U.S. population but consume 36 percent of the nation’s total personal health care expenses. The problem is largely attributed to a much higher proportion of elderly with expensive chronic conditions. During the summit, health care leaders from across the world will focus on developing innovative care models to better serve the elderly population while simultaneously lowering health care costs.

Along with her position as director of Operations for Continuum of Care for EMHS, Cotton also is president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Cotton, who is nationally board certified in gerontological nursing, has devoted much of her 24-year career to improving the quality of senior health care services.

The Hampden native graduated from Bangor Christian High School and obtained her nursing degrees from the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine. She is a member of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau International’s Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy.

“I am very excited to be a part of The World Congress Leadership Summit,” Cotton said in a press release. “This summit highlights a critical area of gerontological care that needs our attention. By working together on better strategies to improve the care of chronically ill seniors, we’ll be taking a huge step forward in serving this population and will be able to provide higher quality, more efficient care.”

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