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El Camino Hospital Opens Senior Health Center Offering a New Model of Care for Patients 65 and Older

Last Updated Oct 2012

Image of Business Journal logoEl Camino Hospital continues its groundbreaking service to the community with the opening of its center aimed exclusively at providing a "patient-centered medical home" to patients 65 and older. The Senior Health Center is designed to ensure access to fully integrated, comprehensive care so that seniors can remain healthy and independent as long as possible. The center represents a new approach to senior care and is one of the first of its kind in Northern California.

Patrick Kearns, M.D., a longtime gerontologist and chronic care expert in the community, serves as the center's medical director and has been instrumental in its creation. "It is estimated that by the year 2020, Santa Clara County's population of adults over 65 will reach close to 300,000, nearly double what it is today, and these adults will be dealing with a wide array of chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease," states Dr. Kearns. "This makes it imperative to have this 'patient-centered medical home' model that offers a better way to help them manage their ongoing care."

Read the full article on the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal website.