United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

GRECC Clinical

Image: GRECC logo with text.Clinical Training Sites
GRECC trainees rotate through several
geriatric specific clinics, and may also
participate in discipline specific clinics at one of the three campuses that comprise the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The main GRECC clinical training sites are:

Geriatric Evaluation & Management Clinic (GEM) 
This is an out-patient based consultation service that provides assessment and some care coordination for frail older veterans living in the community. Patients can be referred to the GEM by any clinician. The GEM is an interdisciplinary team care model that provides comprehensive geriatric assessments. [back to top]

Mobile Geriatric Unit
The VA Mobile Unit is a 31-foot vehicle equipped with an exam room, check-in area, bathroom, wheelchair lift, and patient education room that delivers community-based care by multidisciplinary teams to Veterans at three locations. The purpose of the mobile unit is to make health care more accessible to groups that traditionally have not utilized the services offered at the VA, including racial minorities, the economically disadvantaged, and the seriously and persistently mentally ill. The targeted population is older Veterans not actively receiving care.
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Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) 
This growing program provides long-term care for chronically ill patients who are homebound or need assistance to get out, and is not restricted to a limited number of visits. Currently, at least two-thirds of the patients enrolled in HBPC receive primary care through multidisciplinary team visits in the home. [back to top]


Pain Clinic
The clinic's goal is to serve as a consultation service offering evaluation, treatment and recommendations for management of acute and chronic pain problems.
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Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & EducationSpeech therapy session.  (PIRATE) 
This is an advanced clinical access delivery model that eliminates barriers preventing community-dwelling Veterans with aphasia from receiving treatment. Participants are housed in the residential villas on the VAPHS Heinz Campus and receive individualized treatment during a 17-day program that includes 6 hours of evidence-based speech and language intervention services each day.
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