Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus recently received a $15,000 donation for the hospital's Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit from TD Bank.
"Seniors account for many of the Emergency Department visits at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. Our Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit is designed to meet the unique and diverse health care needs of the region's growing elderly population," said Denice Gaffney, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. "We are incredibly grateful to TD Bank for this generous donation as it will allow us to continue providing high quality emergency care for the elderly people in our community."
Modeled after Monmouth Medical Center's GEM Unit that opened in 2011, the GEM Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus features eight treatment rooms designed to provide older adults with an atmosphere that meets their needs, including lowered beds equipped with safety alarms to prevent patient falls, controlled lighting, larger TV screens, reduced noise levels, anti-slip flooring and an age-specific call-bell system. In addition to these amenities, patients also have access to an interdisciplinary team of specially trained geriatric medicine caregivers who work with referring physicians, a dedicated pharmacist and consults with a board-certified geriatrician.
For more information on the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit and other initiatives offered by Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus to meet the needs of aging patients, please visit www.barnabashealth.org.
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus:
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. A Barnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is in the process of converting to all private rooms, which will make it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays.