Highland Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging Receives $1.5M Grant

April 29, 2005

Highland Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging has received a $1.5 million institutional training grant from the National Institute of Aging. The five-year grant will train physicians and other health care professionals for research careers in Geriatrics.

According to William Hall, M.D., director of the Center for Healthy Aging, the grant will support four candidates each year for the next five years to study a wide array of age-related issues. Dr. Hall is the principal investigator for the grant and Susan Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., is the co-principal investigator.

“This grant is flexible enough to support a wide range of Geriatric research, from basic science study into the causes of aging to end-of-life care issues,” Dr. Hall says. 

Research to study the process of aging and the many diseases associated with it are vital as the population continues to age, according to Dr. Hall. “The older population, persons 65 years or older, numbered 35.9 million in 2003. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. The entire health care system is facing more age-related diseases each year. This grant allows us to continue the vital research necessary to learn more about the aging process.”

  • Geriatric services at Highland Hospital are renowned throughout the region and include:
  • The largest number of board certified geriatricians for a hospital of Highland’s size in the U.S.
  • Ranked No. 13 on US News & World Report for comprehensive older adult care.
  • Awarded John Hartford and Reynolds grants to enhance the delivery of geriatric care.
  • Acute Care for Elders Unit – the only inpatient unit of its kind in the region focused on geriatric patients.
  • Geriatrics and Medical Associates group has demonstrated a 10 percent increase in office visits.

For more than 115 years, Highland Hospital has provided innovative, high quality patient care for the Rochester community. Today, Highland is a 261-licensed acute care bed facility known for its comprehensive women’s services, nationally ranked geriatrics program, regional leading gastric bypass program, extensive network of primary care physicians and highly skilled orthopedic surgeons.

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