Gainesvillle GRECC - Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


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Gainesvillle 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


Research 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 Evaluation

The 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.

Gainesville GRECC Profile

Gainesville VA Medical Center
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL. 32608
Telephone: (352) 374-6077
Fax: (352) 374-6142

University of Florida at Gainesville

GRECC Director
Ron Shorr, MD

Associate Director, Research
Constance Uphold, PhD, ARNP, FAAN,

Associate Director, Education & Evaluation
Carmen Fernandez, PsyD

Associate Director, Clinical
Rebecca Beyth, MD

Associate Director, Implementation & Outcomes Research
(Acting) Associate Director, Research

Administrative Officer
Ruth Franklin