Hurley Receives $50,000 to assist elderly

FLINT— The Hurley Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint from its following funds: Frances Willson Healthcare Fund, Coleman J. Ross and Lois R. Ross Memorial Fund for Health, and the Healthy Youth/ Healthy Seniors Fund.

The purpose of the grant, “Transitions of Care for the Elderly,” is to reduce hospital readmissions by vulnerable elderly patients with limited access to care through clinic visits, home visits, assistance with medications, and transportation to medical appointments as a cost-effective way of supporting health.

Hurley will partner with the Valley Area Agency on Aging and the Genesee County Free Medical Clinic to coordinate service provision and referrals to match community resources with those in need.

Hurley Medical Center has the only area Senior Center of Excellence featuring a fast track, immediate rooming policy for patients 65 and older in the Emergency Department, a team of geriatric nurse specialists who follow seniors from admission to discharge to address age-specific care needs, a virtual geriatric fracture center, and a bone health program.

“As the region’s most innovative leader in caring for seniors, we are delighted to work with our community partners to extend our expertise and concern beyond the hospital walls,” said Catherine Metz, Service Line Administrator at Hurley Medical Center. — P.S.

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