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Hospital Implements Best Practices to Support Growing Population of Seniors

(Chino, CA – March 25, 2019) – Chino Valley Medical Center has announced that it is one of the first six institutions in California to earn the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). This accreditation recognizes a hospital’s focus on the highest standards of care for the communities’ older adults.

The Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program is the culmination of years of progress in the emergency care of older adults. In 2014, ACEP along with 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.

“There are physical changes with age that impact how doctors, nurses and our entire care team should best respond to patient needs in medical emergencies,” said Dr. Jose Diaz, Emergency Department Medical Director at Chino Valley Medical Center. “One in five people will be over the age of 65 by 2030, which makes our participation in the GEDA program important to our community now and in the future.”

The voluntary GEDA program provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. To earn accreditation, an emergency department must incorporate a number of best practices for geriatric care, along with inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and have geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.

“Our seniors deserve the very best care available – that’s why we’re pleased to have earned GEDA accreditation,” said Timothy M Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Chino Valley Medical Center. “It represents our commitment to excellence and quality as well as our dedication to evolving to meet the community’s needs,” he continued.

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To achieve Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation, Chino Valley Medical Center embraced best practices, including:

· Ensuring geriatric-focused education and interdisciplinary staffing

· Providing standardized approaches to care that address common geriatric issues

· Ensuring optimal transitions of care from the ED to other settings (inpatient, home, community-based care, rehabilitation, long-term care)

· Promoting geriatric-focused quality improvement and enhancements of the physical environment and supplies

Learn more about the accreditation criteria on the GEDA website.

About Chino Valley Medical Center

A member of Prime Healthcare, Chino Valley Medical Center is a 112-bed community hospital established in 1972 and centrally located in Southern California’s Chino Valley. A five-time recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2014-2018), Chino Valley Medical Center has been recognized nationally for its quality, including as among the 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2018 and as among the 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. Chino Valley Medical Center is committed to serving the community’s health care needs with top-rated emergency care as well as senior services, orthopedics, surgical services, and more. Learn more at