Geriatric Emergency Medicine Initiative (GEMI)

Stamford Health's Geriatric Emergency Medicine Initiative (GEMI) program is the first of its kind in the region, comprised of an experienced medical staff whose expertise and passions align with the specific needs of our senior population.

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In the event of a true emergency, please call 911. For questions about Geriatric Emergency Medicine, please contact Sarah Sanders via email or by dialing 203.276.7873.

Our dedicated and specially trained registered nurses act as geriatric liaisons and are dedicated to assessing patients 65 and older who enter the Emergency Department. They will evaluate:

  • Any signs of confusion
  • Your risk for falling and accidents, as well as illnesses
  • Your living and home situation
  • Your emotional well-being
  • Medications you may need and/or are currently taking

Since being in the Emergency Department can be overwhelming, your geriatric liaison will keep you and your care team in communication every step of the way with the goal of preparing you for a safe and seamless transition from the hospital. We strive to:

  • Improve your health by assessing and addressing your specific needs.
  • Coordinate your care by connecting directly with your medical team. The team may include your primary care provider, social workers or case managers, pharmacy, physical therapist and geriatrician.
  • Help reduce costs by developing a personalized plan geared toward helping you avoid additional visits to the emergency department.

The GEMI team assesses patients between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Emergency Department at Stamford Hospital on the Bennett Medical Center Campus. At all other times, patients are assessed by registered nurses other than our geriatric liaisons.

Should you or your loved one need to visit the Emergency Department, we’ll deliver an unparalleled level of seamless care and attention.

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