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Acing Acute Care for Elders
Health Leaders Media

The unnecessary suffering of one special patient 14 years ago haunted Aurora Health Care’s Senior Services director Michael Malone, MD. It put him through “days of heart-wrenching reflection” about how poorly the healthcare system in general, and the currently 15-hospital system in Wisconsin in particular, was taking care of its seniors.

An octogenarian had been admitted for treatment of a hand infection, but he became confused, agitated, and delirious, probably because of the strangeness of his new hospital environment.