COVID-19 Collaborative Model for an Academic Hospital and Long-Term Care Facilities
The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC). As geriatricians practicing in PA/LTC and a regional academic medical center, we created this program for collaboration between academic medical centers and regional PA/LTC facilities. The mission of the Geriatric Engagement and Resource Integration in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities (GERI-PaL) program is to support optimal care of residents in PA/LTC facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 5 main components of our program: (1) Project ECHO; (2) nursing liaisons; (3) infection advisory consultation; (4) telemedicine consultation; and (5) resident social contact remote connections. Implementation of this program has had positive response from our local PA/LTC facilities. A key component of our program is our interprofessional team, which includes physicians and nursing, emergency response, and public health experts. With diverse professional backgrounds, our team members have created a new model for academic medical centers to collaborate with local PA/LTC facilities.
Archbald-Pannone, L. R., Harris, D. A., Albero, K., Steele, R. L., Pannone, A. F., & Mutter, J. B. COVID-19 collaborative model for an academic hospital and long-term care facilities. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2020. Available at: https://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610(20)30447-3/pdf.