Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health

Model of Excellence and Supporting Research

Enhancing Emergency Care for Seniors

 

• Gary and Mary West have provided $11.8 million to the University of California San Diego Health to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the emergency department at UC San Diego Health La Jolla.

• The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit will enhance care for older adults and enable a multi-year medical research initiative in partnership with the West Health Institute to support their mission of making successful aging a reality for seniors in San Diego and throughout the nation.

• In recognition of the West’s support, the broader emergency department will also be named the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health.

• Later this year, the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla will offer enhanced emergency services designed to meet the unique needs of seniors including acute care screening, urgent care, case management, social and psychiatric care, as well as facilitate home- and community-based care options when possible.

• In 2018, UC San Diego Health will add 8,500 sq. ft. of dedicated space to create the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit, which will serve as a clinical, research and training hub, becoming a leading site for medical education and workforce training to advance senior care.

OBJECTIVES

• Design and launch a comprehensive senior emergency department at UC San Diego Health

• Deliver a range of clinical services that meet the unique needs of seniors

• Serve as a hub for geriatric training and education

• Conduct multi-year medical research for developing, evaluating and disseminating innovative care approaches for geriatric patients

• Dissemination of knowledge regionally and nationally through targeted research

APPLIED MEDICAL RESEARCH AREAS OF FOCUS

• Identifying best practices in senior emergency care

• Advancing transitions in care

• Building the evidence for geriatric emergency care protocols

• Connecting clinical and social resources to provide community- and home-centered care

• Addressing the training needs of a multidisciplinary workforce for senior care


Research Collaborators