Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit

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.

Services include:

  • 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 interactions.
  • 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?

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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 732.886.4525.

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