Encino Hospital Medical Center ("EHMC") today announced the creation
of a new program, designed to provide superior geriatric care to seniors
(65+), from their initial Emergency Room ("ER") experience to
the time of discharge and post-discharge. When the specialized services,
Senior ER and Geriatric Inpatient Unit are opened to patients on March
2, 2015, EHMC will become Southern California's first hospital to
offer this level of coordinated and specialized geriatric care.
The program was developed in collaboration with Emergent Medical Associates
("EMA"), Encino's Emergency Department's partner, and
it will be supervised by EMA's Regional Director and Encino Hospital's
Emergency Room Director, Dr. Jason Greenspan. Inpatient care, if necessary,
may continue in the Geriatric Inpatient Unit, led by Dr. David H. Stern,
Medical Director of S+AGE® (the Specialized Ambulatory Geriatric Evaluation Center.)
It has become obvious to experts in the field that the best medical care
of senior citizens requires certain changes from standard medical practice.
As patients age, their medical histories becomes complicated, they take
multiple medications with potentially negative interactions, and patients
may have functional and cognitive impairments that complicate treatment.
As director of the ER, Dr. Greenspan, along with Dr. Stern, and the S+AGE
team, have taken notice of these issues and have developed plans to make
the emergency visit and hospital stay more comfortable and more effective.
The physical features of the geriatric rooms will be altered to provide
comfort and safety: walls will be painted in soft colors, mattresses will
be thicker than usual, floors will be made of nonskid materials, and handrails
will be present. Inpatient geriatric rooms will be private. Nurses working
in the ER will have special training in assessing the medical condition
of geriatric patients and in caring for them. A team of physicians, nurses,
physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, case managers
and social workers, and dieticians, all specialists in the care of the
elderly, will be available and called upon to treat the individual patient,
in various combinations, as needed. Daily reviews of patients in the Inpatient
Geriatric Unit will ensure appropriate care while the patient is hospitalized
and help establish guidelines for care after he or she returns home.
Dr. Sunny Bhatia, Chief Medical Officer of Encino Hospital Medical Center,
praised this new program, recognizing that by integrating high level acute
care in the ER with state of the art inpatient and ambulatory geriatric
services this collaboration that brings together EMA, S+AGE®, and
EHMC will allow Encino Hospital to provide the finest geriatric care in
the San Fernando Valley.
An "Open House" Grand Opening event will take place Wednesday,
February 25, 2015 from 4-6pm. Media/Press Event only will be from 11-12pm.
About Encino Hospital Medical Center
Encino Hospital Medical Center is a 150-bed not-for-profit Prime Healthcare
hospital located in Encino, California. It is staffed with 330 physicians
and 520 professional support staff. Servicing the greater San Fernando
Valley, EHMC provides 24/7 ER and Senior ER Services in addition to a
wide range of highly specialized medical, surgical and diagnostic services.
Attracting many world-class physicians, their professional clinical teams
use an interdisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive care for each patient.
To learn more about Encino Hospital Medical Center visit
About S+AGE ®
S+AGE ® was established 28 years ago by Dan Osterweil M.D., professor
of medicine at UCLA. S+AGE ® specializes in the problems of the elderly
including early memory loss, gait instability, dementia disorders including
Alzheimer's disease, urinary incontinence and other complex chronic
To learn more about S+AGE® visit
About Emergent Medical Associates
Emergent Medical Associates ("EMA") is a leading provider of
emergency care and episodic care management services to patients, communities,
physician groups and hospitals throughout California. Their hospital clients
include 20 sites caring for over 600,000 patients annually. Their proven
physicians, proprietary methods and management techniques as well as uncompromising
standards allow them to create "Departments of Excellence" for
their clients based on the provision of superior patient care to the communities
To learn more about Emergent Medical Associates visit