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Highland is First in Upstate New York to Receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

The Highland Hospital Emergency Department is the first in upstate New York to receive the silver standard - Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA), which recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. The designation is granted by The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), with support from The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation.

The United States census projects that by 2030, one in every five residents will be retirement age and that older people will outnumber children for the first time in our nation’s history. By achieving the Level 2 GEDA accreditation, Highland’s ED has shown that it incorporates many best practices used by top geriatric-friendly emergency departments in the country, including providing interdisciplinary geriatric education and having geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.
“Achieving this accreditation represents an affirmation of our commitment to providing excellent care tailored to the unique needs of geriatric patients,” said Tim Lum, M.D., Chief of the Emergency Department. “It validates the great work we have been doing for years in geriatric care.”
Highland Hospital’s Emergency Department has specially trained staff and protocols in place to streamline the care of elderly patients and a facility equipped with elder-friendly features. In addition to the Emergency Department, Highland has one of the most comprehensive and innovative suite of geriatric services in the region including our relationship with GAMA (Geriatric and Medicine Associates), our team of geriatrician hospitalists, an Acute Care for Elders unit, a Geriatric Fracture Center, the Evarts Joint Center, a Hospital Elder Life Program, and Palliative Care services.

“Our ED physicians chose to come to work at Highland in part because of our commitment to care for older adult patients,” said Dr. Lum. “They have the mind set and skill set to do this better than anyone else in the community. This accreditation is the result of a rigorous process that pushed us hard and held us accountable. I am proud of everyone we work with who are part of the excellence in Geriatric care we are dedicated to at Highland.”


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