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Aurora Health Care Among Six Sites Chosen for National Medicare Collaborative on Geriatric Care
Date:10/5/2009

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Health Care is one of only six health care sites in the U.S. invited by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University to participate in the Medicare Innovations Collaborative, an effort to shape health care for senior citizens nationwide by applying best practices in geriatrics.

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"We selected Aurora Health Care because of its track record in developing successful programs for seniors and our belief in its commitment to expanding those programs to meet the challenge of the changing health care needs of its community," said Albert Siu, M.D., principal investigator of the collaborative study. Siu is professor and chairman of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

"It's an honor to be included in this group of medical schools and health systems that are recognized for best practices in geriatric medicine," said Michael Malone, M.D., medical director of Senior Services for Aurora Health Care. "We've been working the last 30 years to develop specialized care for seniors, and we look forward to sharing what we've learned."

Through the Medicare Innovations Collaborative, Aurora Health Care will provide technical expertise to other health care providers that want to develop an Acute Care for Elders program. Known as ACE, the program is in place on 28 medical-surgical units at Aurora's acute care hospitals.

In turn, Aurora hopes to tap into other providers' expertise in palliative care and to add a program known as the Hospital Elder Life Program, or HELP, designed for patients who are at risk for developing delirium.

"The goal is for the collaborative to provide other
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