July 23, 2024

Asante Ashland earns coveted designation for age-friendly treatment

Asante Ashland Community Hospital earned the highest designation — Committed to Care Excellence — for its work in the “4Ms”: mentation, mobility, medications and focusing on what matters most to geriatric patients. Drew Fleming photo for
November 20, 2023

The hospital earned the highest designation — Committed to Care Excellence

Rogue Valley Times staff report

Asante Ashland Community Hospital has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for its work with geriatric patients.

The hospital earned the highest designation — Committed to Care Excellence — for its work in the “4Ms”: mentation, mobility, medications and focusing on what matters most to them.

“Only 1,970 hospitals, practices, convenient care clinics and nursing homes in the United States have achieved this level,” Asante said in a release.

Dr. Steven Hersch, the hospital’s director of medical affairs, led the effort, the release said.

“It was a large undertaking over three years, involving teams from project management, nursing, pharmacy, hospitalist services, nursing professional development, rehab/physical therapy, discharge planning, social work, spiritual care services and ITS informatics,” Hersch said in the release.

Charitable giving has also played a role in establishing age-friendly care at the hospital. This includes funding renovations that help make specialized care for the aging patient population possible, the release said.

“AACH’s age-friendly focus is part of Asante’s efforts to shorten lengths of stay, reduce falls, improve mobility and other quality indicators. By providing the right care to the right patient, the hospital can protect the most vulnerable members of the community from developing hospital-acquired infections and help them recover and return to their regular lives,” the release said.

This story first appeared in the Rogue Valley Times.

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