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The senior ED is not so much a physical location as it is a program, Wilber stresses, adding that if seniors knew they were being directed to a separate facility based on age, many would probably resist such treatment.
"As my dad said to me when we were coming up with this idea, he wouldn't really want be in there," says Wilber. "The beauty is that for patients it's fairly transparent. So it's not a physical location, but a program."
That said, there are some physical differences in the rooms set aside for the senior ED, but along with the renovation of its EDs system-wide, Summa made the whole ED amenable to senior patients whose mobility and other functions may be compromised. Wilber and his team piloted the senior ED at Akron City Hospital, the system's largest, and they are now rolling its processes out to two other hospitals in the system.
Patients all come in through the same process, but seniors are triaged preferentially into beds that feature bedside toilets, nonskid floors, and appropriate lighting, he says.