As our bodies age, the level and quality of medical care we need changes. The health routines we followed for most of our adult lives may not serve us as well into our later years.
The doctor you’ve visited for the last couple of decades for regular checkups isn’t necessarily the best medical professional to keep an eye out for the chronic conditions and other medical issues that can come in late middle age and beyond.
What people over age 60 need is a geriatrician, a physician who specializes in the treatment of the aged. A geriatrician will be familiar with the early warning signs of a plethora of conditions that could ultimately become serious medical conditions if they aren’t treated immediately.
Baltimore seniors have some of the best geriatric specialists and medical facilities available near them. Keep reading to find out about hospitals that serve the elderly community in Baltimore.
The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore has been ranked nationally in 4 adult specialties by U.S. News and World Report, and they are a teaching hospital.
The specialties that the Medical Center has ranked as high-performing are:
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
The Medical Center is known as Maryland’s heart surgery leader and is renowned for the robotic lung cancer surgery that they perform. The Medical Center is also a leading organ transplant center in Maryland.
The University of Maryland Medical Center uses genetic testing as a component of their Standard of Care to improve the outcomes of heart stent patients.
Johns Hopkins Hospital is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and is ranked number 4 in geriatric care by U.S. News and World Report.
Johns Hopkins is also a teaching hospital and its accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Some of the specialties of which Johns Hopkins is ranked high-performing are:
Ranked 9th for Cancer
Ranked 9th for Cardiology & Heart Surgery
Ranked 4th for Diabetes & Endocrinology
Ranked 4th for Geriatrics
Ranked 3rd for Ear, Nose & Throat
Johns Hopkins operates six academic and community hospitals. Johns Hopkins Hospital was opened in 1889 and was ranked number one in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore was originally opened as a Jewish hospital called the Hebrew Hospital and Asylum; they’re now a Jewish-sponsored medical organization that provides care for all people.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Sinai Hospital nationally in five adult specialties and ranked 36th in the U.S. for Neurology & Neurosurgery.
The specialties that Sinai Hospital has been ranked high-performing for are:
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
There are online search tools that you can use to start your list of geriatric medical professionals; start with healthinaging.org’s physician search tool. Another good option is using U.S. News and World Reports handy doctor finder where you can see who is near you and what they rank locally and nationally compared to other doctors.
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