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Hospital Care Team

The Medical Care Team at The Hospital for Senior Care

Ava Pannullo, MD, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Pannullo is board-certified in Geriatric and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Pannullo is a member of the American Geriatric Society, American College of Physicians and American Medical Directors’ Association.  Dr. Pannullo’s areas of interest include health and aging; including topics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Dr. Pannullo is the Director of the Outpatient Services for Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group; Hebrew Senior Care’s physician practice dedicated to the care of seniors.  Dr. Pannullo has practiced at Hebrew Senior Care since 1993.  Dr. Pannullo speaks English, German, and Italian.
Fellowship: University of Connecticut Traveler’s Center on Aging in 1993, Geriatrics
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical/ Beth Israel Medical Center
Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical/ Beth Israel Medical Center
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, B.S.

Martin Cooper, MD, The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care’s Behavioral Health Unit 
Dr. Martin Cooper is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Unit.  In 2003, Dr. Cooper was honored for career achievement by being named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2009, he was named Clinician of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.  Dr. Cooper is the Medical Director of Connecticut Mental Health Specialists.
Fellowship: University of Connecticut, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Residency: University of Connecticut, Psychiatry 
Medical School: University of Connecticut – School of Medicine 
Undergraduate: Yale University, B.S.
Faculty Appointments: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Harold Sandals, MD, Attending Physician 
Dr. Harold Sandals is an attending physician on The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care.  Dr Sandals was part of Tolland Family Medicine for 25 years.  Dr. Sandals was the Medical Director at the nursing facility Woodlake at Tolland for 20 years.  He has also served as the medical director of North Central Hospice in Vernon for 30 years.  Dr. Sandals was a founding member of the Academy of Hospice Physicians.  Dr. Sandal’s interests are in hospice, palliative medicine, and medical ethics. 
♥ Residency: Yale University, Primary Care at Bridgeport Hospital
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine (third graduating class)
♥​ Undergraduate: Clark University, B.A. in Biology

Heidi Haller, APRN
Heidi Haller is the APRN for Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group and is a key member of the care team.  Ms. Haller is passionate about nursing believing each patient has a different story and it is that uniqueness that needs to be taking into account when planning appropriate care plans; especially for seniors.  Ms. Haller started her career as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to deciding to focus on geriatrics.  Ms. Haller joined Hebrew Senior Care in 2006 and worked as a staff nurse on The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care before joining CGSG.
Graduate: MGH Institute of Health Professions, RN and MSN
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts, B.S.
Certifications: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Adult Nurse Practitioner
Publications: The Consultant 
Other: Mentors Nurse Practitioner students from the University of Connecticut, University of St. Joseph and Yale University.

Kathy Walsh, Vice President, Nursing Services, The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care; Hospital Administrator


Brian P. Pelletier, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, Director of Pharmacy Services

Dr. Pelletier has been practicing pharmacy since 2004 and has been a pharmacist at Hebrew Senior Care since 2005. In 2008, he was appointed the Director of Pharmacy. In 2017, Dr. Pelletier assumed the duties of the Corporate Compliance Officer.
♥ Graduate: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy 2004
♥ Undergraduate: University of Connecticut, B.S. in Pharmacy Studies.
Licensure: State of Connecticut, 2004
♥ Other: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with the UCONN School of Pharmacy.  Oversees the training of pharmacy students from UCONN, University of St. Joseph's, and the Western New England Schools of Pharmacy.  
♥ Activities: Connecticut-American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Past-President 2016; LeadingAge Connecticut Leadership Academy Fellow; Connecticut-ASCP, Senior Symposium Committee; Connecticut-ASCP, Continuing Education Co-Coordinator; Member of The American Pharmacists Association and the Connecticut Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.


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