Joanie Larouche, Geriatric Nurse Clinician in the Emergency Department of the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital (BMP).

The Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation is happy to share some great news with you: The BMP Hospital Emergency Department has become the second geriatric emergency department in Quebec to achieve the ACEP Bronze Certification. The first being the Hôtel-Dieu of Sherbrooke in 2020 (silver). This worldwide recognition attests to the excellence of services offered to seniors. From emergency physicians to clinical staff and multidisciplinary services: all are trained in best practices in emergency geriatric care. In addition, expert professionals and specialized equipment for the elderly are available.

“Seniors represent 33% of those presenting to the emergency department, a percentage that will increase in the coming years as the population ages. It is essential for our team to be well equipped and to develop its skills in order to offer the elderly person the best possible experience in the emergency room and the best possible care. “, explains Dr. Michèle Lucey, emergency physician.

 

The Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation invested $400,000 in the project thanks to a major donation from a generous donor.

 

BMP: a model Emergency

“Obtaining this prestigious recognition is the result of more than 18 months of work. Quite a challenge in the midst of a pandemic.”, says Dr. Lucey. “And the team doesn’t intend to stop there! We are already preparing to obtain silver certification before the end of 2022, a good way to continuously improve. We want the BMP Hospital Emergency Department to serve as a model for implementing the geriatric approach in Quebec’s emergency departments. »

“The bronze Elder Friendly certification from the American College of Emergency Physicians assures us that a senior, from the moment they enter the emergency room until they return home, will receive service tailored to their needs by professionals trained in their condition. We are very pleased with the results,” explains Dr. Michèle Lucey.

 

“To adjust and personalize the care offered to seniors, I work closely with the family, an indispensable partner. For a safe return home, continuity of care, teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration with our partners are essential. Also, knowing the elderly person helps me to better care for him or her. I can set up the necessary technical support to reduce the impact of a stay in the emergency room on the quality of life of seniors. The Emergency Elder Friendly approach helps us to keep the well-being of the user at the center of our care.” says Joanie Larouche, Geriatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner in the BMP Hospital Emergency Department.

 

The BMP Foundation would like to thank all of the donors who made this project possible and all of the employees who worked hard to make it happen, especially Dr. Michèle Lucey and her team.