Stanford Achieves Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

Stanford Healthcare Emergency Department has become the first in the Bay Area to receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

The Level 3 accreditation is based on more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care recommended by ACEP, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Geriatrics Society. These guidelines range from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

More than a quarter of patients who arrive at Stanford University Hospital emergency department are over age 65. As a GEDA Level 3 emergency department, Stanford emergency department has demonstrated:

  • use of best practices in geriatric care;
  • readily-available geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies; and
  • physicians and nurses with geriatric expertise.


GEDA accreditation signifies a commitment to the highest level of care for older patients who present unique needs, some of which are clinical in nature, such as trauma algorithms specific to those over 65. Recommendations also address aspects of the geriatric patient experience, such as providing ready access to mobility devices, walkers, and canes.

Stanford joins a very small group of hospitals around the country who have achieved GEDA accreditation and are focused on providing targeted care for the older population.

The accreditation effort was spearheaded by a team of inter-disciplinary leaders, including Stanford Emergency Medicine Fellow Nida Degesys, MD; Anne Merritt, MD; Marina Martin, MD; Hannah McClellen MBA, BSN, RN, CEN; Maria Yefimova, PhD, RN; Chris Cinkowski RN, BSN, CCRN;  and Maria Cheung MSN, RN.


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