Hospital Receives Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA)
NAPA, Calif. – May 11, 2020 –The American College of Emergency Physicians recently recognized
Queen of the Valley Medical Center for the excellent care the Gasser Emergency
Department provides to older adults. The association awarded Queen of
the Valley with the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation’s
(GEDA) Bronze Standard Level 3.
The hospital was recognized for improving patient outcomes through standardized
approaches for common issues and supporting senior-focused quality improvement.
A Bronze Level 3 GEDA accreditation demonstrates The Queen’s emergency
department incorporates many recommended best practices for age-friendly
care, along with providing inter-disciplinary education. In addition,
hospitals who attain this level of accreditation have appropriate supplies
and equipment available, such as softer colors and lighting to ease agitation
as well as gurneys that are lower to the ground to help prevent falls.
“As an emergency room doctor, I’ve had the pleasure of caring
for older adults and working to improve their experience at our facility,”
said Nicolas Lopez, M.D., emergency physician and Medical Director of
the Emergency Department. “Queen of the Valley’s GEDA award
elevates the hard work we’ve done by formally signaling to our community
our commitment to continually improving the care we provide to older adults
in our emergency department, while also enhancing the care we deliver
“We are honored the American College of Emergency Physicians has
recognized our caregivers’ commitment to treating all patients,
with dignity and integrity while meeting the highest standards,”
said Larry Coomes, chief executive of Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
“We are a mission-driven organization that is continuously looking
for ways to refine services for older adults who visit our emergency department.
I am proud of our caregivers and doctors who have made this possible and
see this is as one of Queen of the Valley’s crowning achievements.”
The voluntary GEDA program was launched by the American College of Emergency
Physicians, Gary and Mary West Health and John A. Hartford Foundation
and includes three levels, similar to trauma center designations, and
provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators
According to recent estimates, up to 25% of patients seen in the Queen’s
Emergency Department are aged 65 years or older. Nearly half of all adults
aged 65 or older visit the ED each year. By 2030, nationally one in five
Americans will be aged 65 or older. To ensure an optimal experience for
older adults, Queen of the Valley will incorporate a senior-friendly design
and layout into its “refresh”. The renovation is in the beginning
stages and is being funded, in part, by Queen of the Valley Foundation.