Temecula Valley Hospital becomes the first UHS accredited geriatric emergency department in the country

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Jacquelyn Horton, registered nurse and director of emergency services, and Cori Cole, registered nurse and manager of emergency services, with some of their Emergency Department staff are honored for receiving Universal Health Services accreditation for the geriatric emergency department at Temecula Valley Hospital. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital is the first Universal Health Services hospital in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians as a Geriatric Emergency Department. According to the geriatric emergency department guidelines, “the purpose of the geriatric emergency department guidelines is to provide a standardized set of guidelines that can effectively improve the care of the geriatric population and which is feasible to implement in the ED. These guidelines create a template for staffing, equipment, education, policies and procedures, follow-up care and performance improvement measures.” According to the 2010 census, more than 40 million Americans were over the age of 65, which was “more people than in any previous census.” In
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