Geriatrics

At Tampa General Hospital, we are committed to maintaining optimal health for older patients and providing world-class care based on their unique needs. We place an emphasis on keeping elderly patients active and mobile through physical therapy, so they can improve their strength while in the hospital. Tampa General also has a comprehensive program to prevent patients from falling.

Tampa General offers a wide variety of other specialized services for elderly patients, including:

  • A palliative care program with a multidisciplinary team who works to improve the quality of life for TGH inpatients and their families facing serious illness.

  • Hospice services that are provided in partnership with Chapters Health.

  • A 31-bed Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit that provides an interdisciplinary approach to caring for older patients, and is promoted by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) organization. This is a specialized floor where staff has advanced training in geriatric care.

  • Our Geriatric Team attends to patients in community nursing homes. These providers help make the transition to the Skilled Nursing Facilities safer and more efficient.

The TGH Geriatric Team has received many recognitions for excellence in care, including:

  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as a “high performing” hospital, or among the top 10% of hospitals in the U.S., for Geriatric Care in 2021-22.

  • Recognition for its high level of geriatric nursing care, by being designated as a NICHE site by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. According to the organization’s website, TGH is one of only 17 hospitals in Florida to be named a NICHE site.

  • Recognition from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as an Age-Friendly Health System, at their highest level of designation- “Committed to Care Excellence.”
    TGH also provides education on geriatric care to community physicians, by holding an annual gerontology conference since 2009. This symposium offers six Continuing Education Credits for multiple disciplines.