Geriatrics: A Multi-Campus
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Division of Geriatrics enjoys a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Palmetto Health Division of Geriatric Services. Joined by a deep commitment to develop geriatric programs which serve older adults in South Carolina, the collaboration received the prestigious Leader in Geriatric Innovations award from the SAGE Institute’s Geriatric Best Practices in 2004.
Based out of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Palmetto Health Richland and the Dorn VA, the Division of Geriatrics and its cooperating institutions represent over 30 faculty across multiple disciplines. Dr. Victor Hirth is the chief of the Division of Geriatrics, Dr. Andrew Weinberg is the head of Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Dorn VA and Dr. Victor Hirth is the medical director for Geriatric Services at Palmetto Health. Division of Geriatrics activities include: clinical care, teaching of medical students, residents and fellows as well as a multifaceted research program.
The Geriatric Fellowship Program, started in 1997, is the only program in the state to train fellows in geriatric medicine. It provides for one-year fellowships with an optional second year for research. The Senior Primary Care Practice serves as a clinical training site and provides care for over 3,500 area seniors. Palmetto Senior Care, one of the first 5 PACE demonstration sites in the nation, also serves as an important training site for residents and fellows.
Research and Grant related awards have included two faculty with Geriatric Academic Career Awards, Duke Foundation grant for senior hypertension, Hartford and Donald W. Reynolds grants to improve training of residents and faculty in geriatrics, as well as a VA PACE demonstration project. Clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, exercise are ongoing and numerous other studies are in development. In the past year over $1 million of grant funds have been received and nearly $10 Million in the past few years.
Our mission is: To Meet the Needs of Older South Carolinians, Their Families, Their Communities, and Health Care Providers through Coordinated Service, Education, and Research.
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Bruce M. Easterling, MD
Palmetto Health - Richland/Department of Medicine Clinical Geriatrics Faculty
Judy Baskins, RN, BSN