"Medical" is the common health care term for non-surgical patients with conditions such as pneumonia, diabetes, infections, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. In addition to the general medicine conditions, our medical unit also has a specialty care for the elders program. This unit is ideally suited for providing care to the critically-ill medical patient. Physician hospitalists and specially-trained nursing staff on this campus provide hands-on care. Our telemetry services link this campus directly to the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute to provide oversight of specific cardiac patients.
Acute Care For Elders
Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in Eugene offers specialty hospital care for our older, more vulnerable patients via the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit. This specialty care is designed to help seniors quickly recover from acute illness and get back to their normal living routines.
Specialty care for seniors works because we’ve assembled a dedicated team, with expertise in multiple fields, that discusses progress and clinical care plans for each patient every day.
The program works through the combined effects of four key elements:
- A specifically-designed environment
- Patient and family centered care
- Discharge planning with the goal of returning the patient home
- Implementation of evidence-based geriatric care principles