The inpatient geriatric consult service was launched in 2002 and then revamped in 2009 under the expert leadership of Dr. Sarah Hobgood.
Geriatric consults are performed 7 days a week (including weekends) for older patients needing pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative geriatric care, as well as patients whose course of inpatient care or post-hospital care planning has become particularly complicated. There a particularly strong relationship with Orthopedics, Trauma and Neurosurgery services, but Geriatric Medicine “covers the house.”
The consult service is supported by residents from Internal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, as well as by Geriatric fellows. Dr. Hobgood is involved in evaluation of the consult service and performance improvement efforts related to inpatient geriatric care. The consult service works closely with the other clinical components of the Division to provide inpatient support when patients from the group practice require inpatient care.