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VA Geriatric Emergency Department Program (Previously GERI-VET)

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National VA Geriatric Emergency Department Mission is Enhancing
geriatric-focused care in VA emergency departments throughout the nation via education, standardization, environmental enhancement, and promotion of a comprehensive care model. This initiative grew out of a pilot in at the Cleveland VAMC: Geriatric Emergency Room Interventions for Veterans (GERI-VET), an evidence-based multidisciplinary program performing geriatric screens and care coordination for at-risk older Veterans treated in the ED, was implemented based on established best practices for Geriatric ED care. ED staff receive multimodal geriatric emergency medicine training and champion the care of the most frail, older Veterans during their ED visit. Geri-Vet served as a platform for Geriatric ED Accreditation through the American College of Emergency Physicians.

This innovation is scaling widely with the support of national stakeholders. See more scaling innovations.


68 successful, 22 in-progress

Awards and Recognition:

Diffusion of Excellence Promising Practice, American College of Emergency Medicine Accredited Health System Geriatric Emergency Department


Diffusion of Excellence, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Office of Rural Health, VHA Innovators Network


Diffusion tracker

Does not include Clinical Resource Hubs (CRH)


AL: Birmingham VA Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama) AR: Fayetteville VA Medical Center (Fayetteville, Arkansas) AZ: Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Prescott) AZ: Carl T. Hayden Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona) AZ: Tucson VA Medical Center (Tucson) CA: Fresno VA Medical Center (Fresno) CA: Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (San Diego, California) CA: Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans' Hospital (Loma Linda, California) CA: Palo Alto VA Medical Center (Palo Alto, California) CA: San Francisco VA Medical Center (San Francisco) CA: Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center (Long Beach) CA: West Los Angeles VA Medical Center (West Los Angeles) CO: Denver VA Medical Center (Denver) CO: Grand Junction VA Medical Center (Grand Junction, Colorado) CT: West Haven VA Medical Center (West Haven) DC: Washington VA Medical Center (Washington, District of Columbia) FL: C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Bay Pines) FL: Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Gainesville) FL: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (West Palm Beach) GA: Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta VA Medical Center (Atlanta, Georgia) IA: Des Moines VA Medical Center (Des Moines, Iowa) IL: Jesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois) IL: Marion VA Medical Center (Marion, Illinois) IN: Richard L. Roudebush Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Indianapolis, Indiana) KS: Colmery-O'Neil Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Topeka) KS: Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center (Wichita) KY: Robley Rex Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Louisville) LA: New Orleans VA Medical Center (New Orleans) LA: Overton Brooks Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Shreveport) MA: West Roxbury VA Medical Center (West Roxbury) MD: Baltimore VA Medical Center (Baltimore) ME: Togus VA Medical Center (Togus) MI: John D. Dingell Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Detroit) MI: Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center (Ann Arbor) MO: John J. Cochran Veterans Hospital (St. Louis John Cochran) MO: Kansas City VA Medical Center (Kansas City, Missouri) MS: G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Jackson, Mississippi) NC: Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Asheville) NC: Durham VA Medical Center (Durham) NC: Fayetteville VA Medical Center (Fayetteville, North Carolina) NE: Omaha VA Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska) NJ: East Orange VA Medical Center (East Orange) NM: Raymond G. Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Albuquerque) NV: Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Reno) NY: Brooklyn VA Medical Center (Brooklyn) NY: Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo, New York) NY: James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Bronx) NY: Margaret Cochran Corbin VA Campus (Manhattan) NY: Syracuse VA Medical Center (Syracuse) OH: Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) OH: Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio) PA: Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) PA: Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon) PA: Pittsburgh VA Medical Center-University Drive (Pittsburgh) SC: Charleston VA Clinic (North Charleston City Hall Lane) SC: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Columbia, South Carolina) TN: James H. Quillen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Mountain Home, Tennessee) TN: Nashville VA Medical Center (Nashville) TX: Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans' Hospital (San Antonio, Texas) TX: Dallas VA Medical Center (Dallas) TX: Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Houston) TX: Olin E. Teague Veterans' Center (Temple) UT: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Salt Lake City) VA: Richmond VA Medical Center (Richmond, Virginia) VT: White River Junction VA Medical Center (White River Junction) WA: Seattle VA Medical Center (Seattle) WI: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans' Hospital (Madison) WV: Beckley VA Medical Center (Beckley)

There are no unsuccessful adoptions for this innovation.




Veteran being assessed for physical, psychological, and social factors that impact the older Veterans’ overall health.


Geriatric ED group engages others to works collaboratively to ensure proper measures are in place to treat all Veteran and caregiver needs upon discharge from the ED


Geriatric ED training through in person boot camps (online training also available)



Dr. Todd Smith discusses the Geriatric ED program for the 2018 VA Innovation Experience