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June 15, 2020 Bootcamp Resources

On June 15th, the GEDC and AAH came together for a Virtual Boot camp with the goal of implementing the Geriatric ED at five additional AAH sites to improve senior-friendly care. Advocate Good Samaritan​, Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington​, Advocate Good Shepard​, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center​, and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center ​will join the 10 existing AAH Geri ED sites. We thank you for your participation in this event and sharing the challenges and opportunities to provide care for older adults in your settings. We look forward to our next meeting and continuing to support your efforts for optimal emergency care for older adults.

The Bootcamp recording, slides, and other resources are available on this site. Additionally, please peruse the GEDC website for toolkits, upcoming events, webinar recordings, articles, and online courses.  Aaron Malsch and Chris Rubach will work with each site to set implementation meetings, provide the templated documents, and answer any question regarding the AAH Geri ED program and implementation.


If you were unable to attend, you can find a recording of the meeting below, as well as supporting materials.


Monday, June 15 @ 1:00–3:00 PM CST

1:00-1:05: Welcome by MaryBeth Kingston, Chief Nursing Officer

1:05-1:15: Introductions & Agenda

1:15-1:35: Site Introductions

1:35-1:50: Rationale for Geri ED

1:50-2:30: Case Studies & Small Group Discussion

2:30-2:50: Falls & Mobility in the ED

3:50-3:00: Wrap up and next steps

A Special Welcome

Mary Beth Kingston


Chief Nursing Officer
Advocate Aurora Health

Mary Beth is responsible for nursing practice, standards, education,
research and workforce in all care settings.

She joined Aurora Health Care in 2012. Prior, she was Vice President
and Chief Nurse Executive at Einstein Healthcare Network in
Philadelphia. During her nursing career, Mary Beth served in a
variety of other nursing and administrative roles, including Chief
Nursing Officer at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia; President of
Bates and Associates, a health care consulting firm; Vice President
of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Delaware County
Memorial Hospital in the Crozer Keystone Health System; and
Associate Director of Emergency Services at the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Beth serves on the board of the Milwaukee Urban League in
Milwaukee. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
from 2009-2012 and a 2007 recipient of the Pennsylvania Nightingale
Award for Nursing Administration. Mary Beth was elected to the
board of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership in 2014
and currently serves as President.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at West Chester University,
a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a
PhD in health policy at the University of the Services in Philadelphia.

Advocate Aurora Health GEDC Faculty

Aaron Malsch


Aaron Malsch is the Senior Services Program Manager at AdvocateAuroraHealth (AAH) in Wisconsin & Illinois. He supports several geriatric models of care (NICHE, Geri ED, HELP, ACE Tracker, Geriatric Scholars). His focus is on nursing and interprofessional practice as it relates to the elder population throughout the AAH 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 leads the Geriatric ED implementation and achieved ACEP Geri ED accreditation at all AAH EDs. Aaron contributes nationally to the improvement of care for older adults, highlighted by being Chair of the geriatric committee at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), co-planner of GEDC symposium at the ENA conference, and reviewer of Geriatric ED Accreditation program at ACEP.

Michael Malone


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.

Attending GEDC Faculty

Kevin Biese

MD, MAT ( Co-PI )

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


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.

Ula Hwang


Dr. Ula Hwang is the Medical Director for Geriatric Emergency Medicine at New York University 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-center implementation science studies of geriatric emergency care interventions. Hwang currently co-PIs the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative and is the PI on the Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research (GEAR) network.

Don Melady


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 – 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


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.

Pamela Martin


Pamela Martin is an Emergency Department based geriatric provider at Yale New Haven Health. She supports the Department of Geriatrics and the Emergency Department with initiatives to improve the care and satisfaction of older adults across the continuum of care. Her role includes developing an accredited geriatric emergency department, facilitating communication between partner agencies and the emergency department, providing education related to older adults to staff, community partners, and national organizations. Pamela was selected to be a participant in the Expert Workgroup convened for the development of the Delirium ED-toolkit by Dr. Sharon Inouye and West Health. Pamela’s healthcare passion is for creating systems that provide person centered care to older adults and their caregivers. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a geriatric advanced practice registered nurse.

Conor Sullivan

Research Associate

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.

Laura Stabler

Program Director

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.

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