Little Rock GRECC - Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center - Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Little Rock GRECC - Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center

The major goals and purpose of all GRECC's are to advance scientific
knowledge regarding medical, psychological and social needs of older
veterans; to develop improved and innovative models of clinical services
for older veterans; to advance the quality of education in geriatrics and
gerontology throughout the VA health care system.

Since it's inception, the LR GRECC has been a pioneer in developing and evaluating new clinical care models for elderly veterans, including:

  • The first Geriatric Evaluation Unit (GEU)
  • Coordinated plan of ongoing care after discharge
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) programs adopted by
    the VA health system
  • Geriatric A.C.E. (Acute Care of Elderly) Unit
  • Geriatric Consult Service
  • Teaching Nursing Home
  • Adult Day Health Center
  • Geriatric FIRM
  • Independent Living program
  • Respite care program
  • Hospital Based Home Care program (now Home Based Primary Care)
  • Local and VA national cooperative trials
  • Geriatric Clinical Research Center
  • Novel research findings in the areas of nutrition, Alzheimer's
    Disease and osteoporosis
  • Nationally known annual educational series (i.e., Nutrition &
    Aging, Best Practices, Geriatric Medicine Update)
  • Development of instruments and strategies to assess patient
  • Development of a surgery residency curriculum which is now included
    in residency orientation
  • Developed Systems Based Practices to help meet the ACGME
    mandated competencies that all med/surg residents must complete
  • Research program internationally recognized for establishing role of inflammation in pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease
  • Selected site for Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Geriatrics
  • Arkansas Geriatric Education Center**


The Little Rock GRECC is located at the Central Arkansas Veterans
Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR.

Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock Towbin Healthcare Center - North Little Rock Division
John L. McClellan hospital in Little Rock
John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital - Little Rock Division


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

GRECC Director:
Dennis H. Sullivan, M.D.  

Associate Director for Research: 

Associate Director for Education/Evaluation: 
Ronni Chernoff, Ph.D.  

Associate Director for Clinical Programs:
Prasad Padala, M.D.


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