One of the best ways that you can take care of yourself as you get older is by getting regular check ups. While you might have done this most of your life, after the age of 65 you might want to consider a geriatric physician. These doctors specialize in the care and health of seniors and that’s very important especially if you have a chronic illness or condition.
St. Louis has many hospitals that you can choose from and there are a few that are nationally ranked and have some of the top geriatric services available. This guide will help you start your search for hospitals and doctors as well as connect you to resources in your area.
US News and World Report has made it very simple to find good hospitals in your area. They have researched, reviewed, and ranked over 5,000 hospitals in major cities across the nation. For the St. Louis metro area, Barnes Jewish Hospital is the number one hospital in Missouri as well as St. Louis. They are a teaching hospital that has been nationally ranked in 14 different adult specialties including their geriatrics department, which comes in at number 19 in the nation. They also have top pulmonology, nephrology, cardiology, and cancer units.
Barnes Jewish Hospital has also gotten high performance reviews for conditions and procedures like hip and knee replacement. The geriatrics department has a team of geriatric specialists that are highly trained in senior services and they offer things like older adult assessment programs, Alzheimer’s treatment, and an osteoporosis and menopause clinic. You can also find an extended care or assisted living community through Barnes Jewish.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center has been ranked as the number two hospital in the St. Louis metro area as well as the number five hospital in Missouri. They have high performance ranks for COPD as well as hip and knee replacement. Their geriatrics unit has a better than expected survival rate for seniors 75 and older and they have gotten high marks on senior services. Missouri Baptist also has top performing heart, imaging, stroke, and MS centers.
St. Luke’s Hospital has the number three spot in the St. Louis metro area and is located right outside of St. Louis in Chesterfield. It’s ranked at number seven in the entire state of Missouri and they have a high performance rating for both COPD and heart failure. They also have a home health program that helps patients who can’t come into the hospital get the care that they need.
SSM St. Mary’s Health Center has a geriatrics unit with specialized health care professionals as well as a Senior Care Center. This includes inpatient services like one on one consultations, art or music therapy, recreational therapy, and pharmacist reviewed medication consultations.
Since you can’t always search for a geriatric doctor by going to a hospital's geriatric web page, it’s important to look at other resources. Trusted friends and family in your area can make recommendations and you can use Health in Aging’s geriatric physician finder as well as US News and World report doctor finder.
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