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Paoli Hospital part of national initiative to improve care for older adults

Paoli Hospital December 19, 2019 News Releases

Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence, by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This achievement is part of the IHI’s Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, a national movement to improve the health care of older adults.

“Paoli Hospital and Main Line Health are on the forefront of providing the highest-quality human care, and this recognition helps to advance the work we’ve been doing across the System to address the complex needs of our adult patients over the age of 70,” says Brian Duke, system director of senior services, Main Line Health. “The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement is an important part of our overarching vision to provide every older adult with the best care possible.”

The Age-Friendly Health Systems movement, launched in 2017 by The John A. Hartford Foundation and IHI, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, is dedicated to making 20 percent of hospitals and health systems in the United States age-friendly by 2020. Paoli Hospital joins more than 100 health systems across the nation that are part of the initiative.

As part of the initiative, Paoli Hospital implemented a set of evidence-based interventions designed to improve care for older patients, known as the “4Ms”:

“This recognition is due to the efforts of our entire team, who diligently applied the 4Ms to all qualifying patients over 70 during this study,” says Diane Sutton, director of nursing at Paoli Hospital. “We are looking forward to introducing this initiative to a broader population of older adults at Paoli and at all Main Line Health hospitals to improve care for our senior patients.”

The interventions can be tested and adapted by participating in what are called Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Communities. These are collaborative entities comprised of health care teams from all over the country who are committed to sharing data and learning together. All teams strive toward reliably implementing best practices across emergency departments, intensive care units, medical-surgical units, and primary and specialty care settings.

Main Line Health offers a comprehensive range of services for older adults, including a Senior Care Line, a dedicated resource that connects callers with health care services and community organizations, including:

  • Physician referrals and appointments
  • Social and psychosocial support
  • In-home care
  • Senior day programs
  • Educational and screening programs

Additionally, as part of its commitment to providing a superior care experience for older adults, their families and caregivers, Main Line Health has received Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation. This nurse-led model, with a focus on patient- and family-centered care, addresses issues unique to older people with a commitment to improving care outcomes.

For more information about Main Line Health’s Senior Services, visit mainlinehealth.org/seniors or to reach the Senior Care Line call 484.580.1234.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in the following areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, geriatrics, knee replacement, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.