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Leading Healthcare Hospitals Among First to Receive Systemwide Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

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ONTARIO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prime Healthcare has been selected to receive Special Designation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for its dedication to geriatric-focused emergency care. They are one of 14 health systems nationwide to receive this new elite level of health system geriatric emergency services accreditation. Prime Healthcare currently has 18 licensed geriatric emergency departments across the country. Accreditation recognizes Prime’s commitment to providing high quality care that meets the unique health care needs of older adults.

“Over the past four years, Prime Healthcare has achieved Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) for 18 of the 45 emergency departments in your healthcare network. This is no small feat and an achievement that should be celebrated and recognized. ACEP recently introduced Health System GED Accreditation, a special level of accreditation for systems that are positioned as suitable for the elderly and have achieved this unique geriatric distinction for their system of care strategy,” said said Nicole Tidwell, Senior Accreditation Program Manager, ACEP.

The concept of geriatric emergency services has evolved over the past decade. In 2014, ACEP, in conjunction with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Geriatrics Society, released guidelines for geriatric emergency departments (EDs) that recommend measures ranging from the addition of equipment adapted to geriatrics and specialized personnel, to more systematic screening for delirium, dementia and the risk of falls, among other vulnerabilities. These guidelines form the basis for accreditation of geriatric emergency departments.

“Older adults visit emergency departments more frequently than other age groups and often manage multiple chronic conditions,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, FAAHPM, past president of CAPE. “When you add to this equation the physical, mental or social challenges that our veterans frequently face, it is easy to see that there is no single solution: a specialized approach to emergency care for veterans. elderly fighters can improve treatment and help our heroes lead healthier lives.

Major hospitals licensed for geriatric emergency services include:

  • Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, San Diego, California

  • Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino, CA

  • Dallas Regional Medical Center, Mesquite, Texas

  • Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove, California

  • Huntington Beach Hospital, Huntington Beach, CA

  • Mission Regional Medical Center, Mission, Texas

  • Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Montclair, CA

  • Pampa Regional Medical Center, Pampa, Texas

  • Riverview Regional Medical Center, Gadsden, Alabama

  • Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital, Denville, New Jersey

  • Saint Clare Hospital of Dover, Dover, New Jersey

  • Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada

  • San Dimas Community Hospital, San Dimas, CA

  • St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri

  • St. Mary’s General Hospital, Passaic, New Jersey

  • St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Missouri

  • Suburban Community Hospital, East Norriton, Pennsylvania

  • St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood, CA

Prime Healthcare voluntarily participated in the accreditation program, and these 18 hospitals met specific criteria and goals for clinicians and emergency administrators to target. To receive accreditation, an emergency department must incorporate best practices in geriatric care, including:

  • Ensure that all physicians and nurses have received training with a geriatric focus and specific to emergency care.

  • Provide a standardized approach to care, including offerings such as warm blankets, reading glasses, hearing amplifiers, non-slip flooring, specialist lighting – all amenities that address common geriatric issues.

  • Ensure optimal transitions from emergency care to other settings (hospitalized patients, home care, community care, rehabilitation, long-term care) by developing privileged post-acute care networks in each hospital.

  • Promote quality improvement focused on geriatrics and improvement of the physical environment and supplies.

“We are extremely proud that Prime Healthcare is one of only 14 healthcare systems in the country to be recognized for geriatric emergency department accreditations,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Prime Healthcare Region I CEO and Chief Medical Officer. of the company. “Prime continues to focus on the highest standards of care for senior citizens in our community across the country.”

About Prime Healthcare

As an award-winning healthcare system headquartered in Ontario, California, operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites in 14 states, Prime Healthcare provides more than 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the main health systems in the country with nearly 50,000 employees and doctors. Fourteen of Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

To learn more, please visit https://www.primehealthcare.com/.

About the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education and advocacy, CAPE advances emergency care on behalf of its 40,000 member emergency physicians and the more than 150 million Americans they process every year.

For more information, visit www.acep.org and www.emergencyphysicians.org.

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