LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC) has earned an accreditation that only three other hospitals in the nation have the distinction of holding. The VAMC obtained the Geriatric Emergency Level 1 (GEDA) Accreditation of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Only the Richard Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC, and the Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC hold Level 1 accreditation. Accreditation recognizes hospitals providing elite geriatric-focused emergency care.
To qualify for top-tier accreditation, hospitals must meet two dozen criteria, including improved staffing, geriatric-focused policies and procedures, and continuous quality improvement. According to a Robley Rex VAMC press release, the proportion of the United States population over the age of 65 is expected to nearly double, from 43 million in 2012 to 83 million in 2050. The release continues to say that aging adults represent 18% of all emergencies. department visits.
Forty-three VA hospitals gained some CAPE accreditation in 2022. Robley Rex VAMC began working on its Level 1 accreditation in 2019. “We developed a strategic plan to transform the way the emergency department treated geriatric patients,” said Dr. Amy Minix. “More than half of the patients we treat are over 65 and often have multiple comorbidities. Our first quality of care initiative was developed to reduce drug interactions and potentially harmful side effects of medications prescribed to elderly patients. Minix is the Associate Chief of Staff for Emergency Medicine at the Robley Rex VAMC. “When we learned from CAPE that we had reached the highest level this year, we knew that our vision and hard work had paid off, not for the recognition of this status by our peers, but for our veterans. who deserve the best health care. possible,” Minix continued.
The Robley Rex VA Medical Center is a tertiary care facility, which provides specialty care. The health care system includes eight community outpatient clinics, employs more than 2,000 people, and serves nearly 45,000 veterans in a 35-county region of Kentucky and Indiana.