UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus is the first in North Carolina to receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). Earning a Level 2 “Silver” accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) certifies that staff are trained to assess older patients in more conscientious and comprehensive ways.

Christina Shenvi, MD, PhDAt Hillsborough’s emergency department, geriatric-friendly policies and processes, along with special equipment and rooms, aim to improve emergency care for older adults.

Christina Shenvi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, led UNC’s accreditation efforts, along with Jeff Strickler, DHA, RN, Vice President of UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus, and a team of nurses, pharmacists, case managers, and more.

With more than 60 percent of national hospital admissions for patients over 65 coming through the emergency department, accreditation can help hospitals focus on factors leading to fewer hospitalizations and more successful outcomes after discharge.

ACEP launched the accreditation program in 2018 to improve and standardize emergency care for older patients. Biese was appointed as the accreditation program chair and works with hospitals nationally to promote and achieve GEDA accreditation.