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American College of Emergency Physicians Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Suburban Community Hospital is one of the first in Pennsylvania to achieve accreditation as a Geriatric Emergency Department from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The accreditation recognizes the additional level of resources, education and multidisciplinary care initiatives implemented by Suburban Community Hospital to manage the treatment and well-being of geriatric patients when visiting the Emergency Department and their transition when they are discharged from the hospital. Less than 65 hospitals in the country have been recognized with this accreditation.

The Emergency Department at Suburban Community Hospital receives approximately 10,000 visits annually and is equipped with 26 beds. At Suburban Community Hospital, the Geriatric Emergency Department includes:

  • Specially trained physicians and nurses/Ensuring geriatric-focused education and interdisciplinary staffing
  • Focus on assisting with additional services upon discharge for pharmacy, physical therapy, nutrition and social work
  • Ensuring optimal transitions of care from the ED to other settings.
  • Private rooms that have been designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere
  • Parking spaces near the front entrance to the ED (limited)
  • Quality improvement and reporting of outcomes
  • Providing standardized approaches to care that address common geriatric issues

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