/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - New International Initiative will Improve Healthcare for Older Adults/

TORONTO, March 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with Canadian Frailty Network, will announce the 18 organizations that will improve healthcare for older adults by adapting Mount Sinai Hospital's (Toronto) proven Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Strategy in their healthcare facilities.

What: A news conference to announce the participating organizations, as well as a photo opportunity with a former ACE patient.

Where: Mount Sinai Hospital; 600 University Avenue; Toronto, ON; M5G 1X5; Surgical Skills Room; second floor; Murray Street elevators

When: March 31, 2016 at 12 p.m.


  • The Hon. Jane Philpott, MD, federal Minister of Health
  • Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System
  • Maureen O`Neil, O.C., President, CFHI
  • Dr. John Muscedere, Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Frailty Network
  • A former ACE patient

About the Announcement: Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott will be on hand for the announcement of the hospitals and healthcare organizations from across Canada and internationally that will be adopting Mount Sinai Hospital's ACE Strategy, a seamless model of care for older adults, spanning the patient care continuum from the emergency department to inpatient, ambulatory and community care settings. This successful strategy is now being spread for the benefit of people over the age of 65.


  • With ACE, Mount Sinai has generated sustained results for patients over age 65, including reducing total lengths of stay by 28 percent, lowering readmission rates by 14 percent, and saving the health system $6.7 million in avoidable costs in 2014.
  • Canada faces a major demographic shift as the number of people aged 65 years and older is expected to double in the next 20 years.

Additional Resources: CFHI and TVN Announce 'ACE' Initiative to Improve Acute Care for Older Canadians

About CFHI
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada, improving patient care, the health of Canadians and value-for-money. These innovations could save provincial-territorial healthcare budgets over $1 billion per year. CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada. Visit www.cfhi-fcass.ca for more information.

About Canadian Frailty Network
Canadian Frailty Network (known previously as Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network, TVN) is Canada's network for frail elderly and late-life care solutions. We support original research, and train the next generation of health care professionals and scientists to improve outcomes for elderly Canadians across all settings of care. Recognizing they may be nearing the end of life, we are dedicated to improving advance care planning and end-of-life care.

About Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health System, is an internationally recognized 442-bed acute care academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto. Clinical strengths include women's and infants' health, chronic disease management, specialized cancer care, emergency medicine and geriatrics. Mount Sinai has been designated with Exemplary Status from Accreditation Canada and every aspect of patient care is anchored in a rigorous quality plan and monitoring of safety and quality goals. Mount Sinai was recently named the first hospital in Canada to receive Magnet® status for nursing excellence and patient care. The Hospital is considered to be a top employer in Canada, receiving multiple awards for its employment and culture-centred programs.


SOURCE Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

For further information: Joel Baglole, Senior Communications Specialist, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Phone: 613-797-6481; E-mail: joel.baglole@cfhi-fcass.ca


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