The Acute Care for the Elderly Unit (The ACE Unit) and Multidisciplinary Rounds
Fourth floor of the St. John Building
Located on the fourth floor of the St. John Building, the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit is designed to address the special needs of elders when they require hospitalization. Attention is directed to the new acute illness or, commonly, a flare-up of one of the individual’s chronic conditions when care within a hospital is required. Not only is the acute medical problem addressed but considerable effort is made to minimize the individual’s functional decline, so often seen during hospitalization. The ACE Unit is staffed by nurses with those skills so essential to assuring the best possible outcome of care. For example, to ensure patient satisfaction and the highest quality of care, all nurses on the unit carry portable telephones, allowing patients to contact them at any time. Additionally, a geriatrician and a discharge planner participate in multidisciplinary rounds so as to maximize each individual’s function and quality of life both during the hospital stay and following discharge. At the time of discharge, patients and their families receive counseling directed to their post-hospital needs, such as dietary recommendations and the use of durable medical equipment, and are advised what to anticipate both immediately following discharge from the hospital and long into the future.
The physicians who are members of the Geriatric Service (Drs Lisa Tank, Manisha Parulekar, Arunima Sarkar) also lead multidisciplinary rounds on multiple other floors at Hackensack University Medical Center. The primary focus of these rounds is to ensure that each patient is provided with comprehensive care which addresses that individual’s unique needs both during the hospital stay and following discharge.