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Published on August 27, 2019

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health Recognized as Age-Friendly Health System -Committed to Care Excellence

Age Friendly Health System - Committed to Care Excellence

ABINGTON, PA (AUGUST 27, 2019)— Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence, an achievement that comes as part of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, a national movement to improve health care for older adults.

Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The goal is to help make 20 percent of hospitals and health systems in the United States “Age-Friendly” by 2020.

The initiative is based on the 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care, which is a series of practices that address four essential elements of care for older patients: What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and Mobility. The 4Ms Framework ensures healthcare professionals align care with each older adult's specific health goals and care preferences.

“Abington Hospital has always been on the forefront of patient care and we are thrilled to participate in this vital effort. We look forward to both sharing our best practices and learning from other successful organizations,” said Todd H. Goldberg, MD, chief of Geriatric Medicine, Abington – Jefferson Health. “The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative is a crucial component of our overarching vision to provide every patient with high-quality health care.”

Age-Friendly Health Systems work to implement a set of evidence-based interventions specifically designed to improve care for older adults. 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. Data on two specific Abington Hospital initiatives, involving advance directives and improved preoperative assessment of geriatric surgical patients, were submitted to IHI. All participating teams strive toward reliably implementing best practices across emergency departments, intensive care units, medical-surgical units, general wards, and primary and specialty care settings.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two Urgent Care Centers located in Flourtown and Willow Grove, and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Horsham, Willow Grove, Warminster, Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Elkins Park. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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