Dupont Hospital Emergency Department Receives Highest-Level Accreditation for Care of Older Adults

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2020) – The Emergency Department at Dupont Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) with a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). This accreditation, held by fewer than 15 emergency departments nationwide, highlights the highest level of excellence in care for older adult patients. 

Accreditation for emergency departments is provided at three levels with a Level 1 designation being the most comprehensive. Since 2018, ACEP has been accrediting geriatric emergency departments, which has extended benefits for hospitals and providers such as access to resources and services, including walkers and social services. 

“This particular patient population requires a higher level of specialized care, said Andrew Offerle, MD,  emergency medicine physician and medical director of the Emergency Department at Dupont Hospital. “we understand that many of our older patients have complicated medical needs and we’ve set up our processes and physical location to help meet those unique needs.”

For emergency departments to achieve a Level 1 GEDA accreditation, clinicians and administrators are required to meet more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care, including possessing geriatric-appropriate equipment and supplies, specialized staff, availability for routine screening for delirium, dementia and fall risk and opportunity for inter-disciplinary geriatric education.  

“This certification affirms that our physicians and nurses showcase a high level of commitment and dedication to providing quality care for our geriatric patients and their families,” said Lorenzo Suter, CEO, Dupont Hospital. “Our hospital has intentionally designed our emergency department with age-appropriate resources and staff is trained to provide this care.”

To read more about Dupont Hospital’s geriatric emergency department, visit https://www.theduponthospital.com/emergency-care-for-adults-65-plus.

 

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