With elderly patients making up about 20% of total patients admitted to
the Emergency Department (ED), the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus
(MMCSC) ED is striving towards initiatives aimed to meet the more complex
health care needs of this population as the number of adults 65 and older
is increasing in our geographical area.
As part of our commitment to our aging population, we have partnered with
Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on a Geriatric Emergency Medicine
(GEM) Unit to create an atmosphere that meets the unique health care needs
of our aging patients in a variety of ways. The result will be efficient,
safe, specialized medical care of older adults.
- An interdisciplinary team of caregivers specially trained in Geriatric
Medicine who will be in close communication with referring physicians.
- A dedicated pharmacist who will focus on medications commonly prescribed
to seniors with special attention to issues that can result in dangerous
- Lowered beds equipped with safety alarms to prevent patient falls.
- Consults with a board certified geriatrician.
“By meeting the more complex needs of older adults, we aim to improve
quality of care, enhance care coordination and address the multidimensional
necessities in order for the patient to experience a more holistic, patient
care centered atmosphere.”
-Victor M. Almeida, DO, director, Emergency Medicine, Monmouth Medical
Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus
What differentiates a GEM from a regular ED?
The GEM Unit at MMCSC features eight treatment rooms geared toward meeting
the needs of our aging population and their caretakers. In addition to
the multidisciplinary team with specialized training in geriatric medicine,
the GEM Unit is specifically designed to create a calming atmosphere with
controlled lighting and reduced noise levels. Anti-slip flooring, lowered
beds, larger TV screens, signs with larger font, an age specific call-bell
system and frequent interaction with the geriatric care team are among
the many features of our unit. Our facility improvements are centered
not only on comfort but foremost on patient safety and well-being.
We don’t stop caring about you…
Our specialized care geared toward the aging population does not stop when
you are discharged from the GEM Unit. Our care extends beyond our facility
into the comfort of your home. Expect a call from your care team within
72-hours of leaving the GEM Unit to ensure that you’re transitioning
well to your new treatment plans and prescriptions.
If you should be admitted into inpatient services, your multidisciplinary
care team will continue to care for you to ensure that you are taking
all necessary steps to transition home as quickly as possible. The overall
goal of your care team is to provide a safe discharge.
The GEM Unit is one of many initiatives taken by MMCSC to meet the diverse
needs of aging patients. For more information, call