As we age, maintaining our overall health and wellness becomes more of a challenge. Once you have reached the age of 65 and older, it may be time to think about making the switch to a geriatrician that offers specialized health care services for seniors.
The Indianapolis area is known for its top ranking hospitals and medical centers, some of which are nationally and regionally ranked. This guide provides an overview of health care providers recognized by U.S. News & World Report and includes some informative search tools to help you find a geriatrician within the Indianapolis metro area.
U.S. News & World Report regularly conducts research to review and rate close to 5,000 hospitals across the nation. The data is then used to create a ranked listing of hospitals for major cities and metropolitan areas. Factors that contribute to scorecard ratings include overall patient safety, nurse staffing, and survival rates.
Indiana University Health (IU) tops the list for hospitals within Indianapolis and is nationally ranked for its geriatrics division. Additional adult services that achieved national ranking include cardiology and heart surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, and gastroenterology. IU is rated as “high performing” for several adult procedures and conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, and hip and knee replacement procedures.
This teaching hospital’s geriatric department is recognized for its highly trained staff of specialty geriatricians that provide an extensive selection of assessment testing and treatment options toward the goal of overall wellness and health. IU can help seniors with conditions such as memory loss, chronic illness, mobility issues, and depression.
St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is rated as “high performing” in the areas of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, and heart failure along with hip and knee replacement.
The St. Vincent Center for Healthy Aging offers seniors a wide range of services that include geriatric assessments, health care management, primary care, counseling, and memory testing plus wellness and optimal aging programs. Staff members are available to help patients in all specialty areas so they can achieve and maintain an independent lifestyle.
Several other hospitals earned a spot on the list of U.S. News & World Report for their regional rankings. Community Hospital East achieved recognition as being “high performing” in the areas of COPD and heart failure. Community Hospital North was also recognized as “high performing” for the area of COPD.
Community Hospital South was rated as “high performing” for COPD and heart failure. Franciscan St. Francis Health also made the list and was recognized as being “high performing” in the areas of COPD and heart failure as well.
Finding a geriatrician is not always easy, considering that often times their listings are included under other categories such as family practitioner or internal medicine. Some helpful online resources that you can use to locate a geriatrician in your area include WebMD’s physician directory and the US News & World Report’s doctor finder. The AARP also has a good a search tool that will help you find a physician based on location and areas of specialty.
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