The Meadows of Napa Valley welcomed new medical director Alex De Moraes, M.D., to its healthcare team this month. He will manage medical services and provide direct care in the skilled nursing center at The Meadows as well as drive health and wellness initiatives for all residents of the community.
Dr. De Moraes won’t be new to many at The Meadows, however. He was our assisted living medical director from 2008 to 2010 before moving up to Washington state, where the family physician focused on adult medical care at Overlake Medical Clinics in Bellevue. He also provided concierge medical care to a limited number of patients.
From 1988 to 1997, Dr. De Moraes served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a medic. He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon before retiring from the military in 2012. Afterward, he provided family medical care through private practice.
Dr. De Moraes earned his Bachelor of Science in human physiology from the University of California, Davis, in 1993 and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1997. He’s certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and he’s received medical management training from the American College of Physician Executives.
“We wanted someone who would be a passionate, proactive advocate for patient care,” said Wayne Panchesson, executive director of The Meadows. “We’re confident that Dr. De Moraes will contribute significantly to the quality of healthcare and medical oversight for residents staying in our Health Center.”
“Receiving quality medical care in a timely manner in today’s bureaucratic world is challenging,” explained Dr. De Moraes. Considering his experience both inside and outside of nursing home settings, Dr. De Moraes is well-equipped to advocate for patients by collaborating with hospitals and other physicians, identifying potential problems, seeking out and consulting with specialists, and improving patient recovery outcomes. “We want patients undergoing rehabilitation to return to their previous lifestyle as quickly and successfully as possible,” he said.
Panchesson also looks forward to Dr. De Moraes enhancing the community’s health and wellness program for all residents through an accessible, interactive role. “He’ll lead informational seminars for both residents and members of the public,” the executive director explained, “and smaller, more intimate discussion groups for residents in independent and assisted living here at The Meadows.”
The physician joins The Meadows as it undergoes a multimillion-dollar construction and renovation project that will add 92 spacious apartments, a state-of-the-art wellness and aquatic center, and new dining venues. The indoor wellness and aquatic center will span more than 6,000 square feet, include a variety of fitness equipment and allow for a full-size lap pool, a spa pool and an aerobics pool – ideal for aqua therapy.
About 80 percent of the new apartments already have deposits on them. For people curious to learn more about this life plan community, The Meadows currently offers first-Wednesday-of-the-month information events. Anyone wanting to RSVP or learn more can call 707-320-2207.