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Marian Regional Medical Center Receives Accreditation for Higher Level of Geriatric Emergency Care

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The ACEP Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program (GEDA) recognizes Marian Regional Medical Center with ”Level 3” accreditation

Santa Maria, CA, May 9, 2024 –Dignity Health Marian Regional Medical Center is proud to announce it has achieved accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program (GEDA).

The GEDA  recognizes Marian Regional Medical Center's commitment to providing high-quality, specialized emergency care for older adults. The Level Three certification ensures the hospital's emergency department meets the interdisciplinary geriatric standards set forth by ACEP, including accessibility requirements and specialized training for the medical staff.

“This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our entire team”, shares Sue Andersen, President and CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community and to be recognized as a leader in geriatric emergency care.”

With nearly 17% of Santa Barbara County residents aged 65 and over, as reported by the U.S. Census, and this demographic steadily increasing, the demand for exceptional geriatric emergency care has become increasingly critical.

“We take immense pride in our team's accomplishment. This accreditation underscores our emergency department's readiness and expertise in addressing the distinct requirements of older adults," explains Terrance McGovern, DO, Emergency Department Director at Marian Regional Medical Center. "From specialized equipment and tailored protocols to our dedicated staff with advanced geriatric training, our commitment remains unwavering to provide our elderly patients with the compassionate and effective care they rightfully deserve.”

The GEDA accreditation is not just a symbolic recognition. It  signifies the hard work and concrete steps Marian’s Emergency team has taken  toward providing high-quality geriatric care. By achieving this accreditation, Marian Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of care to older adult patients, with a focus on meeting their unique needs and challenges.


About Marian Regional Medical Center

Dignity Health Marian Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 191-bed medical center located in Santa Maria, California. The modern facility is home to a broad array of services including a level II trauma center, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a nationally recognized cardiac care center, and boasts the Central Coast’s only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program as recognized by the Commission on Cancer. Marian has also been recognized with an “A” grade in quality and patient safety by the Leapfrog Group. Marian Regional Medical Center together with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, and Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, comprise Dignity Health Central Coast, a network of hospitals, physicians, outpatient services including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a full service home health agency. Learn more at

From Left-to-Right: Clifford Nicholls, RN; Pamela Brown, RN; Terrance McGovern, DO, Emergency Department Medical Director; Rebecca Nystrom, Emergency Department Tech; Christine Sewell, RN, Emergency Services Director of Nursing

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Thursday, May 09, 2024

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