United Bank Foundation Approves $50K for Baystate's ACE Unit
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts today announced that they recently approved a $50,000 grant designated to help Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Health Foundation establish a permanent Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at the hospital.
Baystate launched its ACE Unit as a pilot program in September 2014, providing nationally-recognized and award winning geriatric care that has resulted in many positive clinical outcomes for elder patients at the Medical Center, including reducing the length of hospital stays for elderly patients; enhancing patient safety; training for medical staff; and increasing the number of patients who return directly home after their hospital stay.
Due to the success of the pilot program, Baystate is seeking partners like United Bank to help establish a permanent, state-of-the-art ACE Unit. This 32-bed unit would enable Baystate to provide acute care to more elderly patients in Western Massachusetts. To date, Baystate’s ACE Unit has treated approximately 500 elderly patients.
A permanent ACE Unit at Baystate is critical. According to the Baystate Health Foundation, the elderly population in Western Massachusetts – which is currently among the highest in the state – is expected to rise by nearly 15% in 2018. By 2030, the older adult population will increase to more than 70 million and account for one in every five Americans.
“For anyone who has an elderly family member who required a prolonged hospital stay, you want peace-of-mind knowing your loved ones are comfortable in a compassionate setting, receiving top medical care and are on course to return home to lead independent lives when they are discharged. Baystate has a proven record for meeting these patient care goals and successfully addressing the unique physical and psychological needs of elderly patients,” said Dena M. Hall, Western Mass Regional President and President of the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts. “We know our $50,000 financial commitment will help Baystate continue to be a leader in transforming elder care in Western Mass.”
“We’ve proven that this approach works, and the need for it will increase significantly as our population increases. It’s time to move out of the pilot stage and crease a more permanent, expanded ACE Unit,” said Andrew Artenstein, MD, Chief Physician Executive at Baystate Health.
The United Bank Foundation recently made the check presentation for the ACE Unit to the Baystate Health Foundation. Attendees were representatives from Baystate Health,
United Ban and United Bank’s Board of Trustees.
For more information on Baystate Medical Center’s ACE Unit, please contact Kathleen Bronner at 413-794-7798.