University Hospital's ACE Team, (Acute Care for the Elderly), is implemented through SUNY Upstate's Geriatrics Program in the Department of Medicine. It is a multi-disciplinary in-patient consult team at the Downtown Campus.
The ACE Team is comprised of a geriatrician, geriatric nurse practitioner or physician assistant, a social worker and pharmacy staff member who will perform initial consults on the patient and contact the patient's primary medical team with suggestions on patient care.
Dr. Sharon Brangman,
Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine
According to Sharon A. Brangman, MD, the ACE team will provide mandatory consults on University Hospital patients aged 75 years or older who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, including all dementias, and/or who are admitted from a nursing home. "ACE's goal is to intervene and improve patient care as soon as the patient is admitted," said Dr. Brangman, division chief of geriatric medicine at University Hospital who will direct the team. "We also hope to reduce the patient's length of hospital stay and the decline of physical function that sometimes happens when older patients are admitted to the hospital."
The ACE Team draws on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team including: