Mercy opens Senior Emergency RoomWritten by Zach Davis | | email@example.com
With the baby boomer population reaching retirement age, Mercy St. Anne Hospital announced the opening of its Senior Emergency Room on July 18.
“This is a great facility that will help increase the quality of life for our citizens,” Toledo Mayor Mike Bell said. “We do have a population that is aging and we want to be able to take care of them in an appropriate way.”
Every eight seconds, an American is turning 60 years old in the United States. That combined with people living longer was the reason Mercy decided to create the Senior ER, the first specially designated ER in the area.
“Clearly with the number of older people in our society increasing at such a rate we recognized a need to provide specialized care to seniors,” President & CEO of Mercy St. Anne Brad Bertke said. “This is what seniors deserve, this is what our community deserves and we are proud that St. Anne is the first hospital in this area to introduce this concept.”
The Senior ER is composed of five new rooms that will provide a specially-designed environment for senior citizens who are in need of emergency medical attention. To decrease stress to the patients, the facility features calmer paint schemes and more comfortable padded seats.
“We recognized that emergency rooms can be intimidating and confusing places for everyone, especially older patients and family members,” President & CEO of Mercy Andrea R. Price said. “The team members here at Mercy St. Anne put their heads together and have developed a truly groundbreaking solution that speaks directly to the needs of our senior patients.”
Each waiting room also includes features to more adequately fit the needs of older patients. Among the features are thicker pressure-reducing mattresses, easier to read clocks and TV remotes and phones with larger buttons. The facility also has nonskid flooring to help decrease falling.
“The aging population presents us with challenges, but it also presents us with opportunities to provide care for a specific demographic with unique needs,” Chief of Staff Erich Pontasch said.
Mercy is a not-for-profit health system based in Toledo that serves 22 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. For more information on Mercy, visit the website www.MercyWeb.org.