UC San Diego Health recently has opened a new unit in La Jolla, Calif., which specializes in treating seniors requiring emergency healthcare.

The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health is the first in California to treat qualifying patients over the age of 65 in a dedicated space customized for geriatric emergency care.

The geriatric emergency department features architectural design elements for older patients.

The senior emergency care unit was made possible by an $11.8 million grant from Gary and Mary West. The grant enables research initiatives between UC San Diego Health and the West Health Institute to identify, evaluate, and disseminate best practices in geriatric emergency care.

In May 2018, the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department received a Level 1 Gold accreditation.