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Accredited Geriatric Emergency Departments Continue to Grow Within VA Hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs adopts new standards and approaches for treating older Veterans during and after a medical crisis. WASHINGTON, D.C.—April 19, 2023—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest integrated healthcare system in the nation, today announced that 60 of its 111 emergency departments have earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from… Read more »

West Health Applauds California’s Commitment to Partner with Civica Rx for Insulin at Low, Transparent Price for All

California will work with nonprofit drug company Civica Rx to make $30 insulin available for all residents who need it, demonstrating the power of public-private partnerships to improve healthcare. SAN DIEGO, March 20, 2023—California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday announced the state will partner with the nonprofit drug company Civica Rx to produce low-cost insulin—a… Read more »

West Health and Hospital Association of Southern California Partner to Boost Geriatric Emergency Accreditation for Region’s Hospitals

The partnership leverages HASC’s robust network of member hospitals in Southern California and West Health’s commitment to driving excellence in healthcare for older adults. SAN DIEGO — Feb. 1, 2023 — West Health, a family of nonprofit organizations focused on successful aging, and the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) have entered into a partnership to… Read more »

Collaborative for Telehealth and Aging, led by West Health, releases first-ever guidelines for providing remote care to seniors

SAN DIEGO—Jan. 25, 2023—The COVID-19 pandemic put extraordinary strain on the U.S. healthcare system, but it also accelerated the adoption of telehealth—especially among older adults, who were the least likely to engage in remote care beforehand. For these patients, telehealth has proven to offer faster referral times, reduced travel, lower costs and a host of… Read more »

West Health and Sharp Memorial Hospital Launch Initiative to Develop Model of Excellence for Older-Adult Care

New three-year partnership aligns teams across Sharp HealthCare’s largest hospital to develop, codify and share best practices for coordinated care, helping older adults maintain function, dignity and independence. SAN DIEGO — Jan. 10, 2023 — Through a three-year partnership that seeks to enhance the healthcare journey of older adults, West Health and Sharp Memorial Hospital will… Read more »

Clinicians Reluctant in Providing Telehealth Care to Older Adults, National Survey Finds

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 15, 2022—A sweeping national survey of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers reveals that nearly 60 percent believe it’s “dangerous” to provide telehealth to older adults due to patients’ medical complexities, while another 60 percent say telehealth is an unrealistic option for seniors with physical or cognitive challenges. These are among a host… Read more »

Telehealth brings big advantages for older adults, but new ‘guard rails’ could significantly bolster care

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2022 – Today’s telemedicine providers are only scratching the surface of what’s possible in providing high-quality healthcare to people who need it most—and especially to older adults who benefit greatly from its accessibility, according to researchers and clinical experts from West Health. The solution, they say, is for telemedicine providers to set the bar higher… Read more »