Grantmakers in Aging Conference

2 min
October 27, 2016





“Climbing Higher: Working together to reach new heights in aging philanthropy”

A Shared Commitment to Advancing Senior-Specific Emergency Care

Thursday, October 27

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (75-minute panel discussion)

Session Overview:
With seniors accounting for more than 20 million annual Emergency Department (ED) visits across the U.S., emergency medical care has become a key area of focus in senior care today. To address an aging population with specific emergency care needs, a group of funders, nonprofit research organizations and health systems have launched a Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative to improve the quality of care that older adults receive in EDs. The Collaborative brings together expert clinicians who specialize in geriatric emergency care to help implement quality improvement projects in EDs nationwide. Research will focus on the impact of implementing best practices in emergency medical care, and how those guidelines can help improve health outcomes and lower costs. Panelists will discuss how they are working to change the way the emergency care is delivered to our nation’s seniors and the role that funders can have in supporting that shared goal.

Tim Lash, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Successful Aging, West Health

  • Panelists:
    – Kevin Biese, MD, MAT, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of North Carolina
    – Ula Hwang, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • -Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN,President, The  John A. Hartford Foundation