Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center


Acute Care for the Elderly entrance

The ACE Unit (Acute Care of the Elderly) is a specialized part of the hospital designed to meet the needs of our older adult patient population. Our ACE staff provides patient-centered care in a geriatric friendly environment using a multifocal, interdisciplinary team approach. Nursing, physical and occupation therapy, pharmacy, dietary, pastoral care, and our care management team are all collaborating on a daily basis to provide our ACE patients the highest level of care.


Why the ACE Unit?

  • Patient-centered care for those 65+
  • Frequent medication review or streamlining multiple medications
  • Specialty trained staff-NICHE designated
  • Early rehabilitation
  • Environment designed for comforts of older adults

Our goal: Comfort, safety and return to health and home


Patients can request a number of services such as warm blankets, ear plugs, books, a visit from a pet therapy dog, and getting their nails painted.

Custom rooms with lower beds to assist with moving in and out, chair and bed alarms to ensure prompt notification to staff, adjustable lighting for greater comfort and vision, elevated toilets, larger clocks and calendars, and colorful plates to make meal time a more lively experience.

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Staffed by a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, discharge planners and others, the ACE care team improves clinical outcomes for older adults by preventing functional decline and other complications.
Clancy-The therapy dog!
Clancy, one of our pet therapy dogs


Meet our Geriatricians

Marc Kantar MD


Bhavesh Gandhi MD

Marc Kantar, MD
Geriatric Medicine

“I serve my patients by helping them manage issues that come with aging in addition to providing primary care.”

Bhavesh Gandhi, MD
Geriatric Medicine

“I take a team approach and work closely with the patient, their family, social workers, and other health care professionals to ensure quality of care.”


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