The Gold Standard for the Golden Years.
Our mission is to enhance the health of older adults by providing superb clinical care, training others to do the same, and conducting research to ensure that tomorrow’s care is better than today’s. In the past year, we made substantial progress in the following areas:
Clinically, our Patient-Centered Medical Homes at both Benedum and Shadyside received NCQA’s highest level of certification (level 3), two of only a handful of facilities designed to meet the complex needs of geriatric patients. We also further developed our center of excellence in acute care and collaborated with UPMC to reduce unplanned admissions from its skilled nursing facilities by 33 percent.
Educationally, with funding from the Josiah Macy Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, we expanded our interdisciplinary training programs for medical, pharmacy, and nursing students.
In research, several of our faculty members received new funding opportunities and prestigious awards. As a result of these and other accomplishments, the Hartford Foundation renewed our designation as a National Center of Excellence, and U.S. News and World Report again ranked the division among the nation’s top 10 Best Hospitals and Best Graduate Schools.
The division’s success also creates opportunities related to health care reform and the need to improve the quality and efficiency of geriatric care in every setting. This need, which exists both locally and nationally, is growing daily under the crush of spiraling demand and costs. Moreover, there is an increased appreciation that simply working faster will not suffice. We know that new care models, training, and research will be required. The division’s expertise, coupled with its close ties to other key departments, makes it well-positioned to respond to these challenges.
I invite you to explore our online annual report to learn more and thank you for visiting.
Neil M. Resnick, MD
Division Chief and Thomas Detre Professor of Medicine
Director, Institute on Aging
Director, Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics