Announcing the New Geriatrics Division Associate Chief for Age-Friendly Care
Aug 4, 2021 1:00 PM
To address growth in the University of Utah’s Geriatrics Division’s clinical programs within the scope our engagement with the Age-Friendly Health System initiative, we have created a new position, the Geriatrics Division Associate Chief for Age-Friendly Care. This position will include key leadership responsibilities encompassing existing clinical, educational, and outcomes programs and to develop and implement innovative care models to ensure that every U Health patient receives age-friendly care. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Farrell has been named to serve in this role beginning September 1, 2021.
Dr. Farrell, Professor of Internal Medicine, is a Family Medicine-trained geriatrician who joined the Division faculty in 2009. He is also a Physician Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education Program. He is Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee. Dr. Farrell served as the lead author on the 2020 AGS position statement, “Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond,” and represented the AGS in providing vaccine allocation guidance to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and to the CDC. He also serves as Co-Chair for the AGS Intersection of Structural Racism and Ageism Writing Group. His research interests include transitions of care, interprofessional education and practice, unbefriended older adults, and medical ethics.
In the Associate Chief for Age-Friendly Care position Dr. Farrell will assume the following responsibilities:
- Serve as Medical Director for Ambulatory Clinical Care including Madsen Geriatric Clinic and other locations, providing mentorship for clinical faculty, and support the Aging Brain Care and Falls Evaluation Clinical programs and their Medical Directors.
- Nurture Age-Friendly Health System (AFHS) programs across the continuum of care in U Health – ambulatory clinics, inpatient, emergency room, and post-acute care – and care transitions.
- Support the Geriatric leadership in AFHS development activities at the VA Salt Lake City Medical Center
- Support two AFHS dissemination projects funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.
We are excited for the innovation and energy that he will bring to this new position, supporting our goal for U Health to be a recognized national leader in Age-Friendly Care.