River Journal: Phelps Hospital Receives Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

July 31, 2019

Phelps HospitalPhelps Hospital’s Emergency Department achieved Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA), from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) with support from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation. The accreditation process was led by Narissa Joyner, MD, Alayna Davis, RN, and a team of interdisciplinary leaders at Phelps, a part of the Northwell Health System.

The GEDA program is a voluntary program that recognizes emergency departments that provide noteworthy and outstanding care for older adults. It uses a three level system similar to that of trauma center designations. The American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Emergency Nurses Association and American Geriatrics Society developed a set of guidelines in 2014 that includes adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff for routine screenings.