Providence Portland Medical Center
Caring for Older Adults
Each day in Oregon, 900 older adults are seen by a Providence primary care provider, 300 seek emergency medical care at a Providence facility, and 75 are admitted to a Providence hospital. Most of these 900 patients will receive care from clinicians who have no specialized training in treating patients over the age of 65. In fact, fewer than 2% are likely be seen by a geriatrician.
The team at Providence Senior Health aims to change that. Together, we can improve care for older adults by providing customized, specialized care to meet the need of each patient and their family.
Providence Senior Health provides a variety of programs for older patients and their families:
- Age-friendly health care
- Geriatric mini-fellowships and geriatric education to train providers
- Programs to reduce risk of falls
- Specialized care for patients with dementia
Providence Senior Health weaves together our integrated health system with our community partners to provide a simple, accessible path to health care for every person. Using creative ways to partner with older adults and their families, we are able to deliver health care tailored for each person’s specific needs.
Dr. Colleen Casey named medical director for senior healthColleen Casey, Ph.D., ANP, has been selected as medical director for Providence Senior Health in Oregon and has been named the Bain-Krantz Chair of Geriatrics. She and her team of geriatric experts are leading age-friendly strategies and initiatives to support our growing older adult population.