Mount Sinai opens Ben and Hilda Katz Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit
|From left: Joseph Mapa, Rebecca Ramsden, Dr. Samir Sinha, Malcah Sufrin, Robert Rubinoff
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With the number of seniors expected to double over the next two decades Mount Sinai Hospital has recognized an opportunity to transform how we resource, organize, and deliver care for older adults while preserving the healthcare system for future generations.
Today Mount Sinai officially will open the 28-bed Ben and Hilda Katz Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, an integral part of the continuum of care envisioned in the ACE Strategy delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time for older patients.
We are proud to be the first academic health sciences centre in Canada to introduce a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-based ACE Strategy providing improved outcomes and quality of life for older patients.
The Ben and Hilda Katz Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit:
- Provides an elder friendly environment for patients over 65 years of age that have multiple chronic health conditions, are seeing a decline in their functional abilities and often face complex social issues.
- Focuses on the patient as a whole person, understanding their social and functional needs as well as their health conditions. Strong emphasis is placed around the patient’s mobility and function to help them maintain their independence and ability to return home.
- Embraces a collaborative and an inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team-based approach to providing care. Nurses and allied health staff in the unit have advanced training in geriatrics. It also draws upon the strengths of Mount Sinai’s innovative Emergency Department, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Primary Care and Palliative Medicine programs.
- Works closely with community partners ensuring a safe transition home and ensuring that the appropriate supports are in place.
“Putting patients first is at the heart of our mission. We recognized the population we are serving is aging and the imperative became clear that as an acute care hospital we needed to become innovative and transform the way we provide care.”
Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital
“I believe that in its Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Strategy we have developed something at Mount Sinai that is delivering patient-centred care in its truest sense. In our new ACE Unit we see the patient as a whole person, going beyond their acute medical needs to ensure our interventions improve their quality of life and help them maintain their independence.”
Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital
“The planning and implementation of the ACE Unit has been a true collaborative effort including nurses and allied health disciplines. It has ignited a passion for providing excellent care for older patients with a focus on maintaining their functional abilities in strong partnership with patients, their families and caregivers.”
Rebecca Ramsden, Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care for Elders Unit
- In 2010 Mount Sinai showed true leadership in becoming the first academic health sciences centre in Canada to make Geriatrics a core strategic priority.
- The first baby boomers started turning 65 this year and the number of seniors expected to double over the next two decades.
- Currently 14 per cent of the Canadian population is 65 or older. That number is expected to grow to 25 per cent by 2030.
- 44 per cent of total healthcare spending and 60 per cent of acute care costs in Canada fund the care for older adults.