Lee's Summit Medical Center November 07, 2012

Valaree Smith, DO, fellowship-trained geriatric physician, sees patients in clinic at Midwest Senior Health Associates, in the hospital and in their homes.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—announces the opening of a Geriatric Assessment Clinic. The geriatric-focused practice is located at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The clinic offers a comprehensive evaluation of an older adult’s sometimes-complex healthcare needs. An interdisciplinary team performs the assessment. The assessment team includes Valaree Smith, DO, board-certified family medicine and fellowship-trained geriatric physician, a nurse, physical therapist, pharmacist, social worker/case worker, caregivers, and patients’ families. Referrals are available to a variety of ancillary services, specialists and community resources.

The Geriatric Assessment Clinic meets the goals of comprehensive assessment as outlined by the National Institutes of Health including improved diagnostic accuracy, guidance in the selection of interventions to restore or preserve health and to aid in choosing an optimal environment of care.

“Our goal is to help older adults maintain the most independent level of living as possible as they age,” says Dr. Smith. “Our typical patient has complex medical and/or social needs such as memory problems, gait or balance issues, depression or anxiety, and bladder or bowel problems.”

In addition to seeing patients at area nursing homes and the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Dr. Smith also visits geriatric housebound patients in Missouri communities including Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Pleasant Hill, Harrisonville, Lone Jack and Raymore.

“Lee’s Summit Medical Center is pleased to address the needs of older adults in the community with our Geriatric Assessment Clinic, an important service that helps the patient as well as their families and caregivers, ” says Lee’s Summit Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza. “The hospital is a community resource available for all ages. This new service nicely complements our existing panel of physician specialists.”

In September 2012 Lee’s Summit Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations.

This is the second year consecutive year that Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized as a Top Performer and is one of only four hospitals in Missouri that achieved that distinction. Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievements on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

A message center is available 24/7 at Midwest Senior Health Associates. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (816) 347-1532.