Emergency Department One of Only Two Maryland Hospitals Recognized for Excellent Geriatric Patient Care

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Meritus Medical Center recently received Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) by the American College of Emergency Physicians, one of only two hospitals in the state of Maryland to be honored. The Bronze level recognition for delivering excellent geriatric patient care reinforces the work of the emergency department’s leadership, physicians and staff who continuously strive to improve patient outcomes, ensure optimal transitions of care from the ED to other settings in and outside of the hospital and support geriatric-focused quality improvements.

“Our seniors come through the health care system more frequently than any other members of our community – many through the emergency department,” says Melanie Heuston, D.N.P., chief nursing and patient care services officer. “Being prepared to treat their multiple chronic conditions and potential physical challenges, while providing them emotional support in a fast-paced, emergency environment, takes a great deal of training and a natural empathy that I see in so many of our employees. The staff truly deserves this recognition!”

Pictured, left to right, are Nicole Cimino-Fiallos, M.D., assistant medical director, emergency department and physician champion of GEDA; Heuston; Zach Horton, M.S.N., RN, NE-BC, nursing director, emergency department; Carol Kundrat, B.S.N., RN, emergency department, nursing champion of GEDA; Angie Culp, M.S.N., RN, CEN, clinical manager, emergency department; and Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and chief executive officer. Not pictured is Denise Graham, RN, emergency department, nursing champion of GEDA.