Transforming the Patient Experience for Older Adults

How Dartmouth Health Is Leading a Path of Excellence in Rural Emergency Care


By 2060, America will be home to 95 million adults aged 65 and older, a jump of more than 70 percent from today. And approximately 20% of this aging population resides in rural areas. These shifting demographics require rural hospitals to adopt best practices in geriatric care, especially in their emergency departments. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire demonstrates that achieving a Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians can have a lasting impact on patient experience.

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