Dr. Eric De Jonge Honored with the DCHA Distinguished Service Award
K. Eric De Jonge, MD, director of Geriatrics, and co-founder of the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA).
November 10, 2014
Association Award Recognizes Outstanding Service in Geriatrics
Washington, D.C. November 10, 2014 – K. Eric De Jonge, MD, director of Geriatrics, and co-founder of the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA). Dr. De Jonge was recognized for his leadership and commitment to medical care for the frail elders in Washington, D.C.
In 1999, Dr. De Jonge co-founded the Medical House Call Program, an innovative and collaborative approach to care for ill, elderly patients who live within a 20-minute radius of the Hospital Center. Mobile teams comprised of geriatricians, nurse practitioners, social workers and support staff travel to the home, to care for patients with multiple chronic illnesses and social concerns. The team currently follows approximately 625 patients, provides 24/7 telephone coverage, and follows their patients in the hospital.
“Promoting the health and dignity of elders by helping them remain in their home is hard work,” said Dr. De Jonge. “But there is great value in caring for these patients during their most profound time of life.”
Dr. De Jonge is a nationally recognized leader in the field of home care medicine. Recently, he and his colleagues published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) about the effects of home-based primary care on Medicare costs. The study found Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent over a two-year period when care for elders with severe and advanced illness shifts to the home.
Implementing this model of health care has made a difference in the lives of many, and making a difference is something Dr. De Jonge always wanted to do.
“It’s an inspiration to hear the gratitude expressed by family members as we help their loved ones stay out of the hospital and remain in their homes,” added Dr. De Jonge.
About MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the area of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.
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