EL CENTRO – March 13, 2020 – El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has received
Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College
As populations continue to live longer it is important that older adults
quality care. The Census estimates over 23,000 in Imperial County are over
the age of 65.
ECRMC received Level Three Accreditation in February 2020, meeting or exceeding all
requirements established by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Level Three Accredited facilities have one or more specific initiatives
that reasonably elevate the
level of care for seniors in specific areas. They have the personnel, trained
and identified, to
implement these efforts; and, metrics for the initiatives established to
address the emergency
medicine needs of seniors.
“It is vitally important to ECRMC that we provide excellent healthcare
to all of our patients,” said
Jesse Guittard, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Health Sciences. “With 13 percent of the population in the County
over 65, we have a
responsibility to our senior patients, and we are pleased to be recognized
for our efforts. Most
importantly, we are proud to provide quality emergency medicine to our
During the past decade geriatric emergency care has become more recognized
nationwide. ER care is not one-size-fits-all. Senior patients have unique
dispositions and outcomes that need to be addressed.
As a Level Three Accredited facility, ECRMC will have all staff trained
to identify and address the
needs of geriatric patients in the Emergency Department at all hours of
the day and night.
Geriatric policies and procedures will be in place and ECRMC will ensure
that all seniors have easy
access to mobility aids, as well as food and drink in order to increase
comfort and safety.
About El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro Regional Medical Center is an acute-care medical center, serving
the health care needs of the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to
a 161-bed hospital facility, ECRMC also owns and operates a state-of-the-art
Medical Office Building housing the Oncology & Hematology Center,
Wound Healing Center, Outpatient Imaging services, as well as numerous
specialty clinics. Off-campus facilities include two outpatient clinics
in El Centro and Calexico and a Community Education Center located at
the Imperial Valley Mall. ECRMC provides comprehensive healthcare services
for residents seeking enhanced well-being and improved quality of life.
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