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Minister Matthews visits Mount Sinai Hospital to highlight expertise in caring for seniors

Minister Matthews visits Mount Sinai Hospital to highlight expertise in caring for seniors

Dr. Samir Sinha, Health Minister Deb Matthews and Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital at the release of “Living Longer, Living Well”

On January 8, 2013, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care visited Mount Sinai Hospital to release a report written by Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai’s Director of Geriatrics and Provincial Lead, Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

The report entitled “Living Longer, Living Well,” is a comprehensive analysis on how to help seniors stay healthy and live longer at home, covering recommendations including health and wellness, social services and community living for older Ontarians. In preparing his report, Dr. Sinha conducted extensive research and consultations including visiting 19 communities across Ontario and hearing from more than 5,000 seniors and 2,500 health, social and community care providers.

While at the Hospital, Minister Matthews also toured the Ben and Hilda Katz Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, where she learned about the positive patient impact of the ACE Unit in increasing the rate of patients returning back home after a hospital visit as well as reducing length of stay and readmission rates. The Minister praised Mount Sinai for its “extraordinary team and demonstrated improvements in care at the ACE Unit.”

The ACE Unit, which opened in April 2011, is a 28-bed facility devoted to providing an elder friendly environment for patients over 65 that have multiple chronic health conditions, are seeing a decline in their functional abilities and often face complex social issues.

In 2010, Mount Sinai was 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.