Your health care needs will naturally change as you become older. When you have reached the age of 65, you may want to consider making the switch from a regular family doctor to a geriatrician, who has the specialized knowledge and expertise to assess, treat, and provide specialized senior health care services.
There are several excellent hospitals and medical centers located within the San Francisco area, some of which are nationally and regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. This guide provides an overview of the variety of services, specialty care, and resources available for San Francisco seniors.
U.S. News & World Report regularly produces a listing of ranked hospitals and medical centers within the United States based on data collected from about 5,000 health care providers across the nation. Determining key factors that affect the ratings and scores include patient safety, nurse staffing, and overall survival rates. Hospitals that have specialized geriatric centers that include services such as Alzheimer’s care are additional key features that can affect the ratings reviews.
The University of California San Francisco Medical Center (USAF) tops the list of nationally and regionally ranked San Francisco area hospitals. USAF’s geriatric programs have achieved recognition along with several other adult specialties including diabetes and endocrinology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and cancer. “High performing” areas include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, and hip and knee replacement.
USAF received top marks on their geriatric scorecard for the areas of patient services, patient safety, nursing standards, and survival rates. The Center for Geriatric Care at USAF provides seniors that are 70 years of age and older with specialized care and services. The Housecalls Program provides homebound seniors that are at least 65 years old access to medical care services.
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center is nationally ranked for the adult specialty of cardiology and heart surgery, and rated as “high performing” for aortic valve replacement, heart bypass, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The geriatric scorecard for Kaiser received top marks for the areas of nurse staffing and overall survival rates.
Regionally ranked California Pacific Medical Center is rated as “high performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The medical center’s geriatric scorecard has high marks for the areas of nurse staffing, survival rates, and patient services that include an “arthritis center and wound-management programs.”
Looking for a geriatrician can be frustrating, as these professionals are sometimes grouped in with other categories such as internal medicine when searching the sites of hospitals. We have included some helpful online resources that you can use to find a geriatrics specialist in your area. WebMD’s physician directory and the physician search tool provided by the American Geriatrics Society are both excellent. The AARP’s search tool will locate physicians based on areas of specialty.
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