ACUTE CARE

Geriatric Emergency Care

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.

The Opportunity

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.

Our Goals

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.

Taking Action

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.

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

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.

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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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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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Geriatric Emergency Care News


The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla has been accredited as a geriatric emergency department by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
UC San Diego Health’s Gary and Mary West Emergency Department is one of eight emergency departments in nation to receive accreditation
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