Bridgeway Senior Healthcare medical director named national infectious disease clinician of the year

Dr. Ronald Nahass
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Dr. Ronald Nahass

Ronald Nahass, MD, MHCM, FIDSA, medical director at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare in Bridgewater and Hillsborough, has been selected by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to receive its prestigious 2020 Watanakunakorn Clinician Award.

Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, a model clinician who worked tirelessly to advance the clinical practice of infectious disease, this award is given annually by the IDSA Education and Research Foundation to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.

“I am really humbled to be included on such an exclusive list of awardees,” Nahass said in a prepared statement.

A pioneer in state-of-the-art treatments for complex infectious diseases, Nahass has been working with the Bridgeway nursing team to develop, approve and implement infection prevention protocols to keep patients, residents and staff at Bridgeway safe.

“Bridgeway staff is grateful for Dr. Nahass’ leadership during the challenges of COVID-19 as we strive to stay on the forefront of the latest infection control and prevention practices,” Jessica Pelligrino Tsoukalas, director of Business Development and Strategy, said in the statement.

Nahass’ work at Bridgeway began many years ago when he and his team implemented rapid response protocol to decrease dangerous, costly and undesired re-hospitalizations. This means that patients who have changes in condition get the best care possible as soon as possible, according to the statement.

Nahass has been awarded several outstanding honors throughout his career, including the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award for Continuing Medical Education with a special commendation for self-directed learning. He is consistently recognized as a Top Doctor by New Jersey Monthly magazine, Best Doctor by New York magazine, and nominated one of the Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, according to the statement.

Beyond his work at Bridgeway, Nahass mentors students and younger physicians in both clinical research and clinical care. He also spends time volunteering with the IDSA to help champion the highest quality of care on a national basis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the IDSA, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

To learn more about the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award visit www.idsociety.org/aboutidsa/awards/the-watanakunakorn-clinician-award/

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare operates long-term care and rehabilitation facilities in Hillsborough and Bridgewater; and assisted living and memory care facilities at Avalon Hillsborough and Avalon Bridgewater.

To learn more about Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, visit www.BSHCare.com.