Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
The Gainesville GRECC has been serving older Veterans in the North Florida and South Georgia areas since 1988.
Research Focus Areas
Prevention of Age-related Physical Disability (Exercise, Obesity, Androgens)
Prevention & Treatment of Age-related Cognitive Disability (Stroke, Dementia)
End of Life Care
Self-management of Chronic Health Care Conditions
Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Improvement
ResearchResearch at the Gainesville GRECC spans the continnum between pre-clinical to implementation research in a variety of aging-relevant topics. Ongoing studies include improving quality and patient safety (falls, delirium, care transitions, and family care-giving). Other projects address the prevention and management of age-related physical and cognitive disability (post-stroke rehabilitation, neuro-behavioral sequelae of brain disease). We provide comprehensive mentoring of junior scientists and trainees.
Education and EvaluationThe Gainesville GRECC is the primary provider of aging-related education at the North Florida/South Georgia Veteran Healthcare System. GRECC programs provide significant educational content to medical students, residents and other healthcare staff. The GRECC hosts a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program and a VA Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics; a VA Chief Residency program in quality and patient safety; and provides opportunities for multi-disciplinary associated health trainees (e.g. in pharmacy, psychology, optometry, nursing, rehabilitation therapies, social work). The GRECC collaborates with the affiliate University of Florida and community partners to offer accredited continuing education programs, and provides educational outreach via live and virtual programming.
The GRECC improves quality and patient safety through innovative clinical projects and interdisciplinary collaboration. Clinical activities are integrated in acute care, ambulatory, and long-term care settings at both Gainesville and Lake City VA Medical Centers. We aim to improve patient care and prevent age-related disability in older Veterans through promotion of non-pharmacological interventions, reduction of inappropriate medical use, and caregiver support.