The Journal Gazette: One of just 14 hospitals nationwide to have American College of Emergency Physicians designation

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August 15, 2018


The following was released on Wed. Aug. 15, 2018 by Lutheran Health Network:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 15, 2018) – Dupont Hospital is home to the first ER in Indiana accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians as a Geriatric Emergency Department for its focus on caring for senior patients.

The American College of Emergency Physicians, with support from The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation, launched the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation program earlier this year to recognize those emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. Dupont Hospital’s emergency department has achieved the bronze standard – Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation. According to ACEP, Dupont has one of only 14 emergency departments in the country to earn a Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation of any level.

“Dupont Hospital’s accreditation signals to the public that the hospital is focused on the highest standards of care for its community’s older adults,” said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “The hospital is led by a remarkable team of interdisciplinary leaders, and we are enthusiastic about the possibility of helping them further enhance its geriatric expertise now and in the future.”