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Suburban Community Hospital, East Norriton, Receives Accreditation from ACEP for its Geriatric Emergency Department

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Suburban Community Hospital, East Norriton, Receives Accreditation  from ACEP for its Geriatric Emergency Department


Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

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Suburban Community Hospital, East Norriton, Receives Accreditation

from ACEP for its Geriatric Emergency Department

(East Norriton, PA -- May 31, 2020) – Suburban Community Hospital (SCPA) in East Norriton, announced today that it has received its Bronze Standard/Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

“With a high percentage of older adults visiting our Emergency Department, often with multiple or chronic conditions, it is our duty to make sure that our teams have all of the skills, equipment and training to take the best possible care of these individuals,” said Matt Shelak, CEO, at SCPA. “This accreditation signals to the public that our institution is focused on the highest standards of care for our communities’ older adults.”

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, Emergency Nurses Association, and 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.

The voluntary GEDA program, which includes three levels similar to trauma center designations, provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. The accreditation process provides more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care and the level of GEDA accreditation achieved depends upon how many of these best practices an emergency department is able to meet. A Level 3 emergency department must incorporate many of these best practices, along with providing inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and having geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.


About Suburban Community Hospital - Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.