The Emergency Department (ED) serves as a critical intersection of the healthcare system as it is often referred to as the “front porch,” where people are either admitted or discharged, setting the stage for the future of care.
Early evidence from existing models of geriatric emergency care—ones that promote best clinical practices for older adults and create a more positive and sensitive physical environment, for example—shows they have the potential to improve health outcomes, better coordinate care, and reduce costs.
In 2016, we launched the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health, where care tailored to the unique needs of seniors is being delivered for the first time in California.
We are identifying best practices in senior emergency care, building the evidence for geriatric emergency care protocols, connecting clinical and social resources to provide home and community-based care and addressing the training needs of a multidisciplinary workforce.
Model of Excellence
The Gary and Mary West Foundation provided $11.8 million to create the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit where we’re researching outcomes and cost-effectiveness of geriatric ED care and involved in a multi-national effort in developing a data infrastructure for ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation.
We’ve partnered with The John A. Hartford Foundation in providing more than $3 million to expand senior-specific care in emergency departments (EDs) throughout the country through the creation of the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC). Comprised of nine leading healthcare systems across the country, the GEDC is focused on dissemination of best practices and building the evidence to evaluate how senior-specific care in the ED can improve the health, independence and safety of older adults. The West Health Institute is researching the outcomes and cost effectiveness of Geriatric ED care and developing a data infrastructure for ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation.
Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to the University of California San Diego to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit housed within the emergency department at the new Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, CA.
UC San Diego Health is committed to creating a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures.
We're in a research partnership to launch a Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative that will improve the quality of care that older adults receive in EDs across the country.