About GEDC

The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC) was developed in 2014, comprised of 9 leading health systems, all with a commitment to the advancement of high quality emergency care for older people.

GEDC is a nation-wide collaborative dedicated to improving the quality of care for older people in Emergency Departments with the goal of reducing harm and improving healthcare outcomes. We are committed to making change through the education of individuals, and hospital-wide initiatives that create sustainable improvements in practice at all levels.

  • Vision

    A world where all emergency departments provide the highest quality of care for older patients.

  • Mission

    We bring best practice into action.

    We transform and evaluate interdisciplinary best practice in geriatric emergency medicine, and then build and distribute practical, evidence-based clinical curriculum and quality improvement tools that support sustainable, quality care for older adults.

  • Values

    • Share knowledge enthusiastically
    • Work openly and collaboratively
    • Be curious and innovative
    • Be open-minded, creative problem solvers
    • Be dedicated advocates for the improved emergency care of older adults

Core faculty

Kevin Biese

MD, MAT ( Co-PI )
Bio

Dr. Kevin Biese serves as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and Internal Medicine, Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs, and Co-Director of the Division of Geriatrics Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Medicine as well as a consultant with West Health. With the support of the John A. Hartford and West Health Foundations, and alongside Dr. Ula Hwang, he serves as Co-PI of the national Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. He is grateful to chair the first Board of Governors for the ACEP Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program. His passion is for improved education and systems of care for older adults, and he has published multiple materials in both these areas.

Chris Carpenter

MD, MSC, FACEP, FAAEM
Bio

Dr. Chris Carpenter is dual-board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and is Professor in Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. His funded research interests include diagnostics, dementia, falls prevention, and implementation science. He is on the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Board of Directors as well as the American College of Emergency Physicians Clinical Policy Committee. He is also Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor of both Annals of Internal Medicine’s ACP Journal Club and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He co-led the collaboration to develop the American College of Emergency Physician/American Geriatrics Society Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines As well as the International Standards for Reporting of Implementation Research (StaRI) reporting guidelines. He is also faculty for Emergency Medical Abstracts and Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine courses, as well as a contributor to Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine and Sketchy EBM.

Teresita Hogan

MD, FACEP
Bio

Dr. Teresita Hogan is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Geriatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. Her clinical research interest are Geriatric EM, Quality Improvement, Emergency Pain Management, Emergency Management of Falls in Older Adults, and Models of Care. Dr. Hogan is the ACEP representative to the AGS and serves on the executive committee Section for Enhancing Geriatric Understanding and Expertise among Surgical and Medical Specialists. She is an expert in graduate medical education and led the expert consensus process to establish The Geriatric Competencies for Emergency Medicine Residents.

She has also worked on identifying the number and characteristics of geriatric emergency departments across the United States and is a member of the GEDA Board of Governors.

Ula Hwang

MD, MPH, FACEP ( GEDC Co-PI )
Bio

Dr. Ula Hwang is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a core investigator at the GRECC (Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center) at the James J. Peters Bronx VAMC. Her research focuses on improving the quality of care older adults receive in the ED setting that ranges from observational studies of analgesic safety and effectiveness in older patients to multi-centre implementation science studies of geriatric emergency care interventions.
Ula currently co-PIs the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative and is the PI on the Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research (GEAR) network.

Michael Malone

MD
Bio

Dr. Michael Malone is the Medical Director of Aurora Health Care - Senior Services and the Aurora at Home. He is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He also serves as the Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program at Aurora Health Care. Dr. Malone received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; he completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. His Aurora Health Care practice is to home-bound older persons in inner-city Milwaukee.

Aaron Malsch

RN, MSN, GCNS-BC
Bio

Aaron Malsch is the Senior Services Program Coordinator at Aurora Health Care in Eastern Wisconsin. He supports several geriatric models of care (NICHE, Geri ED, HELP, ACE Tracker, Geriatric Scholars) that has resulted in the expansion to multiple sites nationally. His focus is on nursing and interprofessional practice as it relates to the elder population throughout the Aurora system of clinics, hospitals, emergency departments, home care services, and long term setting partners. In support of these models of care, Aaron has developed expertise in developing EHR workflow tools and reports to facilitate front line staff’s efforts and demonstrate outcomes. He has lead the Geriatric ED implementation and achieved ACEP Geri ED accreditation at 5 Aurora EDs as of 2019. Aaron contributes nationally to the improvement of care for older adults, highlighted by being a member of the geriatric committee at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), co-planner of GEDC symposium at the ENA conference in 2017 & 2018, and reviewer of Geriatric ED Accreditation program at American College of Emergency Department.

Pamela Martin

FNP-BC, APRN GS-C
Bio

Pamela Martin is both Nurse Practitioner and Program Director at St Mary’s Hospital Senior Services Emergency Department in Richmond, VA. St Mary’s has the first Senior Services Emergency Department in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pam received her undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College and her Masters of Nursing Science from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as President for the Central Virginia Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association. She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Nurses Association, the Virginia Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association.

Don Melady

MD
Bio

Dr. Don Melady is an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada and a founding member of the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. He is the author of the website www.geri-EM.com – a CME accredited program for geriatric emergency medicine education – and the chair of the Geriatric EM committee of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine.

Adam Perry

MD
Bio

Dr. Adam Perry is a community emergency physician and fellowship-trained geriatrician. Current positions include faculty with The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative; reviewer with ACEP’s Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation program; educational consultant; and independently-contracted emergency physician with Commonwealth Health System in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has worked emergency departments ranging from rural “critical access” to urban trauma centres; as well as in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, and house call medicine.

Laura Stabler

Program Director
Bio

Laura Stabler is the Program Director of the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. She received her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina and her BS in Health Education from North Carolina State University. Before joining the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative, Laura was Director of OP Services for UNC Health Care Systems in Psychiatry for seven years and Radiation Oncology for 20 years.

Conor Sullivan

Bio

Conor is a research associate and medical student working for the GEDC. He is very excited to be part of a collaborative effort endeavoring to find innovative and evidence-based strategies to improve the delivery of healthcare to our nation’s elder population. He looks forward to expanding his skill set and knowledge base as part of the GEDC team.

Collaborating Organizations

GEDC Advisory Council

  • Amer Aldeen MD, FACEP
    Chief Medical Officer

    Kevin Biese MD, MAT
    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
    Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs
    Co-Director Division of Geriatrics Emergency Medicine

    Jan Busby-Whitehead MD, CMD, AGSF
    Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine
    Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
    Director, Center for Aging and Health
    Director Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine

    Vidor Friedman MD, FACEP
    Managing Partner, Florida Emergency Physicians
    ACEP Board Member

    James Holmes MD, MPH
    Professor, University of California, Davis
    SAEM Board Member

  • Libby Hoy
    Founder/CEO, Patient and Family Centred Care Partners

    Ula Hwang MD
    Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

    Nancy Lundebjerg MPA
    CEO, American Geriatrics Society

    Mike Malone MD
    Professor of Medicine and Section Head of Geriatrics, Wisconsin School of Medicine
    Medical Director, Aurora Senior Services

    Melissa Mordecai MSN, APN, ACNP-BC, CEN
    Nurse Practitioner, Kennedy Health
    ENA Representative

    Jennifer Porth MSW, MBA
    Director, Ambulatory Case Management, Palmetto Health

  • Mark Rosenberg DO, MBA
    Chairman, Emergency Medicine and Chief Population, St. Josephs Healthcare System
    ACEP Board Member

    Brenda Schmitthenner MPA
    President, American College of Emergency Physicians

    Albert Siu MD, M SPH
    Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Population Health Science and Policy, General Internal Medicine/System Chair, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

    Dawn Specht MSN, PhD, RN, APN, CEN, CCRN, CCCNS
    Assistant Professor of Nursing, American Sentinel University
    ENA Representative, NJENA Chapter President

    Charlotte Yeh MD, FACEP
    Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc. (ASI)

GEDC is generously supported by the John A.Hartford Foundation.

Conducted with assistance and support from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute.

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