Updated on April 19, 2023
Three Catholic Health hospitals have achieved recognition for excellence in emergency care for older adults. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), with support from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation, recently announced that Mercy Hospital (Rockville Centre, NY), St. Catherine of Siena Hospital (Smithtown, NY) and St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) earned Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA).
“As Accredited Geriatric Emergency Departments, our protocol-driven approach to geriatric care at Catholic Health allows our teams to provide superior, tailored care,” said Catholic Health Chief of Emergency Medicine, Chris Raio, MD, MBA. “Elderly patients who visit our emergency departments can be assured that the facilities have the necessary expertise, equipment and resources to deliver optimal care.”
The voluntary GEDA program provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. The accreditation process offers more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care. A Level 3 emergency department must incorporate many of these best practices, along with providing interdisciplinary geriatric education, and having geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.
According to the ACEP, older adults seen in geriatric EDs avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and decrease their chance of readmissions, while receiving care and treatment that is specific to their needs.