Five Aurora Health Care Hospitals Receive New Accreditation for Geriatric Care

American College of Emergency Physicians launched program to improve, standardize care for nation’s older adults

May 16, 2018

MILWAUKEE – The emergency departments at five Aurora Health Care hospitals earned a new accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for care the facilities provide to older patients. Eight emergency departments were accredited as part of the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program.

The accreditation is intended to ensure that emergency departments meet the highest level of care available in treating the needs of an aging population. It focuses on six key areas, including staff training, geriatric-appropriate protocols, quality improvement and strong programs to ensure patients are connected to local care needs in the community following discharge.

The program supports Aurora Health Care’s overall population health and community-focused approach to care.

“Our participation in this new program supports Aurora’s mission to help people live well, and we are proud of the work we’ve done the last three years to develop strong programs to serve the needs of aging populations in the communities we serve.” said Dr. Michael Malone, medical director of Aurora Senior Services and Aurora Sinai Medical Center geriatric fellowship director. “Being the first system in the nation with multiple facilities certified is a testament to the team approach to care at our facilities throughout Wisconsin.”

The Aurora hospitals that received the geriatric care accreditation include:

“Older adults visit emergency departments at a higher rate, and they often present with multiple chronic conditions and face more social and physical challenges than the general population,” said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP. “Seniors who visit ACEP accredited emergency departments can be assured that the facilities have the necessary expertise, equipment and personnel in place to provide optimal care. This initiative will greatly enhance geriatric emergency care, especially in rural areas, and help ease older patients back into their daily lives after an emergency occurs.”

The GEDA program promotes the goals of providing quality care for older adult patients.  These include enhanced staffing and education, geriatric-focused policies and protocols, including transitions of care, quality improvement and outcomes and more efficient preparation of the treatment area.

 

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 30 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 team members. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information through the Aurora blog, our Facebook page, as well as our Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Aurora is part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States. We help people live well.

News Media Resources

Public Relations Guidelines and Procedures

The public relations team at Aurora Health Care operates under the following guidelines and procedures:

To arrange interviews, press should call public relations. A member of our team can help access a specialist. If the person a reporter requests is not available, we may be able to provide an alternative source.

Protecting the privacy of patients and families is our responsibility; it's also the law. Please do not come to our sites unannounced. Rather, contact public relations and we will find experts for interviews and connect you. We'll also make an effort to contact patients upon your request to ascertain their interest in being interviewed.

Ensuring patient confidentiality and privacy, and exhibiting sensitivity to all of the patients, families and employees at Aurora Health Care is of vital concern. Therefore, reporters, film crews and photographers must always be accompanied by a public relations team member while on any of the campuses.

To be photographed or videotaped at Aurora Health Care, patients or their legal guardians must sign a consent form. A member of our public relations team can arrange this.

Because of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) patients over 18 or their legal guardian must complete a release form before anyone who works at Aurora Health Care can release confidential information about a patient. A member of our public relations team can arrange consent

Reporters inquiring about a patient’s condition should contact a member of our public relations team, with the individual's full name.