ACUTE CARE

Advancing Senior-Appropriate Acute Care Models

West Health is engaged in a number of applied medical research projects focused on senior-specific models of care within the acute care setting.

The Opportunity

We’re researching how senior-specific care within the emergency department as well as patient-centered home and community-based care options for seniors can result in not only better health outcomes but help seniors age successfully in place.

Our Goal

We’re leading research and advocacy efforts to help disseminate evidence-based knowledge, and reduce legislative and regulatory barriers aimed at increasing reimbursement opportunities to provide senior-specific care within acute care settings throughout the country.

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

Launched in 2016 with a capital grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, our flagship model in acute geriatric emergency care serves as the site of a multi-year research initiative where we are studying health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of providing enhanced care for seniors within the Emergency Room.

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Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched its new Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program. The program is part of an effort to improve and standardize emergency care for the nation’s older patients and builds on the financial support and foundational work of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

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American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public.

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Geisinger Health System

The institute is collaborating with Geisinger Health System to study treatment at home options that would provide healthcare in a patient’s home as an alternative to hospitalization.

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement

We’re collaborating with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and leveraging successful care models in the home and community to meet the unplanned acute care needs of seniors.

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation invests in aging experts and practice innovations that transform how the care of older adults is delivered. Since 1982, The John A. Hartford Foundation has awarded more than $565 million in grants to enhance the health and well-being of older people.

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Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health care system providing exceptional medical care to our local and global communities.

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UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health is committed to creating a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures.

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West Health Acute Care News


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