What We Do

Applied Medical Research

Lowering the Cost of Healthcare to Enable Successful Aging

With research addressing the cost of healthcare and improving healthcare delivery in homes, hospitals, and community-based organizations, the West Health Institute is advancing high-quality, lower-cost models of care for seniors. Together with a talented and diverse group of researchers and professionals across healthcare delivery, social science, data science, and medical professions, we explore opportunities that will improve acute care for seniors in the emergency department, home, and community; chronic care settings for older adults that may need care at home; and supportive services so seniors can receive the care they need, at a lower cost, wherever they are.

Learn More About the 2019 Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit

High Costs, Broken Promises: Healthcare in America West Health annually convenes a summit in the nation’s capital focused on fueling the best ideas, innovations and practical policy prescriptions to change the trajectory of the cost of healthcare in America. Aligning closely with the West Health Policy Center’s work, the summit features leaders from many sectors of healthcare, including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, researchers, economists, insurers, government, industry, advocacy groups, and patients. Learn more about our 2019 Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit on April 2 and register here.


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

Launched in 2016 with support from the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute, 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.


West Health works with nonprofit hospitals, healthcare organizations, universities and foundations across the U.S. with the goal of lowering the cost of healthcare and accelerating the research and development of new, more effective ways of delivering care for seniors.

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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Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at Mt. Sinai

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to redesign care systems that effectively meet this need.

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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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Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

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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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Serving Seniors

Helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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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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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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UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health has a vision for health care, and it starts with you and their motto: "Best outcome for every patient every time."

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