Acute Care for Elders Unit (ACE)
Improving Outcomes for Older Patients
Older adults often have medical needs requiring specialized care while they're in the hospital. That's why Highland Hospital opened the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit. The only resource of its kind in the region, the ACE Unit was specifically designed to meet the unique needs of older patients and their loved ones.
Tending to the Little Things as Well as the Big Things
What unique needs does the ACE Unit meet? As part of our coordinated, compassionate approach to geriatric care, we tend to all the "little things" that are especially important in getting the best results for an older person, such as:
A proper diet
Keeping track of medications
Coordination of home care
We also tend to the "big things." In fact, Highland Hospital's ACE Unit has more board-certified geriatricians, providing more complete care for older patients, than any other hospital in the area.
The ACE Unit’s physicians are supported by a team of specially trained, highly dedicated medical professionals. Together they give our patients top-notch care—in the compassionate atmosphere that Highland Hospital is known for. The ACE Unit provides:
Coordinated Care—Our physicians work closely with nurses, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, and other specialists to give our patients the very best care.
Leading Resources—Our ACE Unit is part of the Strong Health Network and University of Rochester Medical Center. That means its doctors and staff have easy access to leading research, as well as some of the nation's top equipment and facilities.
Rehabilitation Services—All of our older patients participate in therapy programs (as needed) to address physical, speech, and other conditions and help them return to their normal routines as quickly as possible.
A Team Approach—Teamwork between our doctors and medical staff, our patients, and their loved ones often results in a quicker, more complete recovery. We listen, we communicate clearly, and we involve everyone in patient care and after-care support.
Our Goal: To Help You
Our ACE Unit provides these services to help our older patients return to a productive, meaningful life as quickly as possible. To do this, we work hard to achieve these goals:
Optimum functioning of mind and body
Emphasis on patient dignity and comfort
Meet both patient needs and preferences
Simple admission/discharge processes
Minimal stress from hospitalization
Clear, constant communication
Presentation of all relevant medical options
Safe return to home or living facility
Some of the nation's top geriatricians work at Highland Hospital's ACE Unit.
Corey Romesser., M.D.
Medical Director, ACE Unit
Robert M. McCann, M.D.
Chief of Medicine, Highland Hospital
William J. Hall, M.D.
Director, Center for Healthy Aging
Barbara Blue , R.N., C.R.R.N.
Barb Schrage, R.N., M.S., FNP-C
Karen Lewis, M.S.W.
Kathy Luby, M.S.W.
The ACE Unit is located at:
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Highland Hospital has open and flexible visiting hours: visitors are welcome 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We strive to balance open visitation with our patient's needs for quiet, restful and safe environment. There may be times when we need to temporarily limit visitation, and when these situations occur, we will fully inform patients and their loved ones. Learn more about visiting Highland.