The American Geriatrics Society Annually Honors Single Clinician Who Excels in Geriatric Care
Ronald Duemler, MD, a geriatrician with more than two decades’ experience in long-term care, has been recognized as the 2015 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Each year since 1993, this nationally acclaimed award has recognized a single clinician specializing in the needs of older adults. Duemler will receive his official recognition at the 2015 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 15-17, in National Harbor, Maryland.
Duemler has served as medical director of Geriatrics at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Mercy Health Physician Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since he helped found the organization’s Department of Geriatrics in 1994. In that time, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s geriatrics practice has expanded considerably to become a model of geriatrics principles for its parent health system, Trinity Health, which operates more than 80 hospitals in 21 states.
Duemler’s expertise and leadership have contributed to reductions in readmission rates, the implementation of a house calls program to extend primary care capacity and a sustained focus on high-quality geriatrics care. Duemler also currently serves patients as medical director of Holland Home and HomeCare of Holland Home, Michigan’s largest non-profit provider of senior services.
“Dr. Duemler is a skilled geriatrics leader and ardent advocate for health in aging,” said AGS President Wayne C. McCormick, MD, MPH, AGSF. “His 20-plus years of service to the field are a testament to this award and have helped advance care delivery, care quality and awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing older adults and their health care teams.”
The population of older adults in the United States is growing considerably—by 2030, their numbers could crest 70 million, according to the AGS. Geriatrics health professionals like Duemler are specially trained physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, and others who provide high-quality, patient-centered care for older adults. Their work helps support the unique needs of people 65-years-old or older, who often live with multiple, complex medical conditions—from diabetes and heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease and limited mobility.