South Miami Hospital

Baptist Health South Miami Hospital earns Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

June 19, 2023

MIAMI, FL – June 19, 2023 – Baptist Health South Miami Hospital has earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians. The three-year accreditation is awarded to emergency departments that provide the highest level of older adult care and ensure optimal transitions of care. South Miami Hospital’s Emergency Department achieved the silver standard — Level 2 GEDA.   

The voluntary GEDA program provides specific geriatric-focused criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. As an Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department, South Miami Hospital follows more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care, offers enhanced staffing, uses geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies, manages transitions of care and delivers interdisciplinary geriatric education. 

“South Miami Hospital is dedicated to providing senior patients with well-coordinated, personalized, quality care,” said Bill Duquette, CEO of South Miami Hospital. “Seniors who visit our emergency department can be assured that our facility has the necessary personnel, expertise and equipment in place to provide optimal care.”

The Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation program is built on the financial support and foundational work of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation — organizations that are committed to transforming how the care of older adults is delivered. 

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.



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