Dr. Ana Mihalcea is 5th from the left
Photo courtesy: Providence Health & Services, Southwest WA
– “Regional Providence Geriatric Center of Excellence Fall Prevention Program Launched”
“A recent Providence St. Peter Foundation grant of $40,000 awarded to the Geriatric Center of Excellence at Providence Clinic at Panorama is resulting in a collaborate effort between the Providence Medical Group, Providence St. Peter Hospital Rehab Services, the Department of Health and community organizations to help reduce falls in senior citizens.
In Thurston County, 41 percent of older adults have fallen at least once in 2012 per WA DOH statistics. Nationally, 1 in 3 older adults fall once a year. Falls cause injuries, fractures, hospitalizations and loss of independence.
The grant is to fund training, education, marketing, and administration of the Falls Prevention Program across a continuum of care. Providers, Rehabilitation staff and community fitness instructors work together to create a safer geriatric community together and reduce the risk of falls.
The Integrative Geriatric Center for Excellence (GCOE) Fall Prevention program, under Leadership of Medical Director Ana Mihalcea, M.D., has been implemented by the Panorama Clinic provider team – Dr. Rennie, Dr. Elliott and Alison Meyer ARNP. Providers are using the CDC’s STEADI guidelines and offer multifactorial fall risk factor modification visits. The program will be expanded to Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency in the near future.”
“Community outreach and education events were attended by Smith and other therapists, … Dr. Mihalcea will be presenting with therapists at the Panorama City Fall Prevention event Sept. 23,” quoting Providence Health & Services, Southwest Washington in Thurston Talk.
Click here to read Dr. Mihacea’s inspiration for creating a Fall Prevention Program for older adults in our region published in the RSE-Newsletter.