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Medical Director Ted Howe, MD, to Retire on October 1

Ted Howe, MD, who has served as Brooke Grove Foundation's (BGF) medical director since 1986, has announced his intention to retire on October 1 after 34 years of service.

Dr. Howe set a high standard for physician care in skilled facilities, so much so that BGF's reputation parallels the very best in medical services in a skilled setting. Although COVID-19 restrictions require that his official retirement celebration be delayed, "we can reflect briefly here on some of the ways we respect Dr. Howe and look back on some of the milestones that stand out," wrote BGF President Dennis Hunter, Brooke Grove Retirement Village (BGRV) Executive Director Patty Anderson, and Western Maryland Regional Health Care Administrator Tim Berry in a recent letter to employees.

Dr. Howe's certifications and acomplishments are many. They include:

  • Certified Medical Director of a Long-term Care Facility (CMD)
  • Fellowship in Geriatrics
  • Board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Certified Wound Specialist Physician
  • Named Medical Director of the Year by The Mid-Atlantic Medical Directors Association (2016)
  • Served on the Geriatric Emergency Medical Advisory Committee of The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)

A servant leader, Dr. Howe is a consummate caring and expert geriatrician who is held in high regard for his:

  • comprehensive and holistic approach to patient care;
  • clinical expertise, relational insight and leadership;
  • deep sense of empathy;
  • extraordinary dedication and compassion;
  • interest in each individual's unique needs (long before the term "person-centered care" was the fashion);
  • kind, thoughtful and approachable demeanor.

Dr. Howe set the standard on how to live out BGF's mission, "We Touch People's Lives," on a daily basis.

  • He is a bridge builder who has devoted a great deal of time to cultivating professional connections that optimize and coordinate patient care among local home care, hospice and acute care agencies.
  • He is strongly interested in finding ways to be financial responsible while striving to maintain the best possible medical outcomes.
  • He is a natural teacher, educator and mentor.
  • He values collaboration and the expertise of each staff member and care provider.
  • He is respected and loved by his colleagues and the people he serves.

Of the many attributes for which Dr. Howe is known, one of the most fundamental characteristics is his knack for building collaborative relationships. Those who have worked closely with Dr. Howe recognize and appreciate the respect with which he communicates along with his willingness to listen and absorb other perspectives, consider those views and respond graciously.

Dr. Howe has been instrumental in establishing and deepening relationships with other providers to improve resident care. These include, but are not limited to:

  • MedStar Montomery Medical Center's Center for Successful Aging (onsite primary care providers)
  • Flagship Rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy)
  • Aeris Consulting and Management (respiratory therapy)
  • Psychogeriatric Services (psychiatry/psychology services)
  • Drs. John McNeil and Ramani Reddy (infectious disease physicians)
  • Dr. Abha Lokhande (pain management)

"Bullet points can never adequately describe the person we know as Dr. Ted Howe. "He, as much as anyone, has enriched our lives and the culture of Brooke Grove Foundation," concluded Mr. Hunter, Ms. Anderson and Mr. Berry in their letter. "We are a better company, and we are a better people, for having Dr. Howe journey with us for these many years."

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