Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center named first Geriatric Emergency Department in Houston
Hermann-Texas Medical Center has received a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency
Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American
College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). It is the first emergency center in
Houston only the second in Texas to receive this accreditation.
“Our older adult
population is growing faster and living longer and there is an enormous need to
provide emergency services designed specifically for this segment of our
community,” said Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Memorial
have unique medical conditions and require emergency services tailored to
optimize their care and outcomes and we are excited to be leaders in this field,”
said Dr. Bobrow, the John P. and Katherine G. McGovern Distinguished Chair of
Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and the Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells
Distinguished Professorship in Emergency Medicine.
The population 65
years and older increased at a faster rate than the total United States
population between 2000 and 2010, according to the 2010 United States Census.
The census data also highlighted the population 85 and older is growing three
times faster than the general population.
centers differentiate themselves from typical ERs with geriatric-friendly
mobility equipment, specialized staff,
more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities,
and working with primary care physicians to coordinate post-emergency
department care. At Memorial Hermann-TMC, a protocol was implemented to improve
medication regimens of geriatric patients discharged from the ER to reduce the
possibility of adverse effects.
to the needs of this often medically complicated population has the opportunity
to more effectively allocate health care resources, optimize admission and
readmission rates, while decreasing complications,” said Charles Maddow, MD, Director
of Emergency Geriatrics at Memorial Hermann-TMC and the Wyatt Foundation
Distinguished Professor in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at McGovern
Medical School. “We have created an opportunity to care for geriatric patients
in the environment most conducive to a positive outcome when they are in need
of emergency care.”
Medicine Team worked closely with the Department of Emergency Medicine at
UTHealth and the UTHealth Consortium on Aging to learn more about geriatric
related emergency care.
accredited emergency department fulfills the broad vision of the Consortium on
Aging to support UTHealth programs and UTHealth affiliates in delivering the
highest quality care to older adults,” said Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, an
affiliated physician at Memorial Hermann-TMC and professor of geriatric and
palliative medicine at McGovern Medical School and Executive Director of the UT
Health Consortium on Aging.
process provides more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care. A Level
3 geriatric ER must incorporate many of these best practices, along with
providing inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and having geriatric
appropriate equipment and supplies available.
To learn more about
the emergency services at Memorial Hermann-TMC, call 713-222-CARE (2273) or