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Summa Health System’s Institute for Senior and Post Acute Care offers an integrated approach that enhances quality of care, access to services and outcomes for older adult patients. The Institute also supports innovative care delivery models, such as the accountable care organization, which focuses on delivering high quality healthcare services efficiently and cost effectively.
As one of the first such models implemented in a community teaching hospital setting, the Institute is already attracting national attention. Results demonstrate it represents a viable, cost-effective senior healthcare delivery system that has value for patients and their families, physicians and the health system.

The Institute for Senior and Post Acute Care integrates clinical care, community services, research and physician education to create seamless, evidence- and value-based care across the continuum for older adults and for those patients with complex illnesses. Researchers have a body of evidence that demonstrates Summa’s nationally-acclaimed model for care delivery optimizes outcomes for seniors at every level of care, allowing older adults to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

The Institute delivers high quality care more cost effectively, as demonstrated by outcomes data which shows:

  • Shorter lengths of stay
  • Lower inpatient readmission rates
  • Reduced emergency department visits
  • Decreased use of medications associated with a high risk of side effects for seniors
  • Fewer post-discharge permanent nursing home placements compared to national statistics

The Institute achieves these results through a comprehensive menu of services that address the unique needs of older adult patients at every stage of care, from pre-hospitalization, throughout their hospital stay, to post-discharge.

Summa Health System’s seniors program is renowned for advances made in the study of aging and the science of geriatric medicine. It serves as a model of care for dozens of other healthcare organizations nationwide.



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