Hospitals receive Bronze Standard Level 3 accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Two Sharp HealthCare hospitals have been nationally recognized for their emergency care for older adults. The Emergency Departments (EDs) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Coronado Hospital have received Bronze Standard Level 3 accreditation as an “Accredited Senior-Friendly Emergency Department” by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program was created to recognize emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults.

“The ACEP accreditation provides an excellent avenue to convey to our patients, colleagues, and the entire Coronado community that our program is first-rate and meets the inter-disciplinary geriatric standards set forth by the organization,” says Susan Stone, chief executive officer of Sharp Coronado Hospital. “This accreditation also signals to the public that our hospital is focused on the highest standards of care for our communities’ older adults.”

The voluntary GEDA program includes three levels of accreditation and provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. The accreditation process provides more than two dozen best practices and the level of GEDA accreditation achieved depends upon how many of these measures an emergency department meets. 

To earn Level 3 accreditation, the two Sharp hospitals incorporated best practices outlined by ACEP, which includes having geriatric-appropriate equipment and supplies available. The hospitals also must provide inter-disciplinary geriatric education.

The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care of older adults. In 2014, ACEP along with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Geriatrics Society, developed and released geriatric ED guidelines, recommending measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

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