Over the past four years, Prime Healthcare achieved Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) for 18 out of 45 emergency departments in your health network. This is no small feat and achievement that should be celebrated and acknowledged. ACEP recently implemented Health System GED Accreditation, a special recognition level of accreditation for those systems that are positioned as senior-friendly and have achieved this unique geriatric accolade for its system strategy of care, said Nicole Tidwell, Senior Accreditation Program Manager, ACEP.
Older adults visit emergency departments more frequently than other age groups and often manage multiple chronic conditions, said Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, FAAHPM, immediate past president of ACEP. When you add the physical, mental, or social challenges frequently faced by our veterans to that equation it is easy to see that one size does not fit alla specialized approach to emergency care for older Veterans can improve treatment and help our heroes lead healthier lives.
Providing a standardized approach to care, including offerings such as warm blankets, reading glasses, hearing amplifiers, non-slip flooring, and specialized lighting all amenities that address common geriatric issues.
Ensuring optimal transitions of care from the ED to other settings (inpatient, home, community-based care, rehabilitation, long-term care) by developing preferred post-acute networks at each hospital.
Promoting geriatric-focused quality improvement and enhancements of the physical environment and supplies.
We are incredibly proud of Prime Healthcare being one of only 14 health systems in the nation to be recognized for Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditations, Sunny Bhatia, MD, Prime Healthcare Region I CEO and Corporate Chief Medical Officer. Prime continues to be focused on the highest standards of care for our communitys older citizens across the nation.
About Suburban Community Hospital:
Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted, and injured, and would educate persons in care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.
About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nations leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nations 100 Top Hospitals 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit www.primehealthcare.com