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Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Opens Senior Care ER

Mar 2, 2018

Senior Care ER Designed to Address the Complex Needs of Older Adults

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is adapting to accommodate the needs of our aging population by opening a Senior Care Emergency Room. The Senior Care ER at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, will focus care for senior patients, and is designed to increase patient comfort, and provide greater aid for those patients with visual and hearing impairments.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is partnering with NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) which is a national program to improve care for older hospitalized adults. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center nurses and emergency room physicians underwent specialized training to care for the elderly. 

NICHE was created in recognition of the aging of hospital patients, and the ongoing national shortage of nurses trained in gerontology.  It also ensures adults age 65 and over receive care promoting function, autonomy and dignity.

“We are excited to be able to offer this enhanced service to our patients and their families,” says Teresa Urquhart, interim CEO at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  “Our goal is to provide the best quality care possible to our patients at every age.”

The Senior Care ER unit will be equipped to help increase patient comfort, reduce wait time and provide up-to-the-minute patient status, as well as immediate access to film-based radiological images. 

It will have enhanced lighting, larger visible clocks, and freshly painted warm colored walls to make our senior patients feel comfortable while we care for them.

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