2018 Annual AGS Meeting

The 2018 UGS Annual Fall Meeting was held November 14 at the Health Insight Board Room. Dr. Richard Lassere from IHC  was the guest speaker and talked about his Geriatric Clinic's Multidisciplinary Model. Kate Nederostek of the Utah Alzheimers Association showed us the services that they offer. Julie Preston briefed us on Health Insight's current activities. Finally, this years Geriatric Advocate of the Year Award went to two deserving awardees in Representative Rebecca Chavez -Houck and Dr. Stephen Fehlauer. Dr.

Utah Health Care Worfkorce Financial Assistance Program

As promised, I am sending you more information about the committee on which I serve.  The name of the program we discussed is: Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program. It was started to address the shortage of rural health care professionals. As I mentioned, the Geriatric Workforce law (and the one for nurse educaters) hitched up with it for appropriations. The position that will be open in the fall of 2019 is on the Advisory Committee, and the position I fill is the one needed from a geriatric professional organization.

2017 Election Results

Dear Older People Aficianados (OPAs), We have conducted our first contested election in UGS - I have done my best to solicit votes from all current active members of UGS through SurveyMonkey. I'm pleased to announce our slate of officers for the coming year:  Vice President /  President-Elect:  Elle Sugerman, PhD (term to run from Dec 2017 to Dec 2018)Secretary-Treasurer: Anne Asman, MS (term to run from Dec 2017 to Dec 2019)President: Michael Galindo, MD (continuing my term from Dec 2016 to Dec 2018, to be succeeded by Dr.

2017 UGS Fall Meeting

This year's 2017 Annual Utah Geriatrics Annual Dinner Gala was held at the Eduro Health Care Building. Dr. Carole Baraldi was honored with this year's Geriatric Advocate of the Year Award Dr. Tim Farrell delivered a presentation on on "Hotspotting in Geriatrics". Dr. Michael Galindo UGS president, presented his vision of how we can promote for our patients and our profession.  It was a well attended event. 

Alzheimers Walk

Michael Galindo and Butch Abueg represented the Utah Geriatrics Society during the Alheimers Walk sponsored by the Utah Alzheimrer's Association held at the Capitol Hill on 9/23/17

15th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

The 15th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference entitled "Getting to the Heart of Aging: An Interprofessional Approach to Cardiovascular Health" was held at the Snowbird Resort Conference Center on August 28-29, 2017. The UGS  held a breakout meeting at lunch hosting Nursing Home Medical Directors from Hillside Rehabilitation, Brookdale, Highland Care and the Salt Lake Veterans Home to discuss ways by which we can better collaborate and pool our resources.  

UGS Palliative Care Dinner Event

The Utah Geriatrics Society, Regence, and the Utah Partnership for Value held a Dinner Panel Discussion with prominent Palliative Clinicians: “Where Can We Create Value in Palliative Care Transitions? A Clinicians’ Perspective” on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah .

UGS receives award

Dr Michael Galindo received the 2017 Continuum of Caring Award on behalf of the Utah Geriatrics Society presented by the Senior Charity Foundation during the Hope Benefit Held at the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 25,2017.

The Continuum of Caring award is presented to individuals or groups who have made a significant difference in the lives of seniors over a significant period of time.

2016 UGS Annual Fall Meeting

On November 10, we held our 2016 Annual Fall Meeting at the Alta Club. It was a well attended event. The Advocate of the Year Award went to Becky Kapp. She was honored for her years of service with the Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. Anna Driesel received the award on her behalf. Sarah Woolsey, MD, Health Insight’s Medical Director gave a talk on the changes that are presently developing related to Health Care Reform, Value Based Care and Transparency. Michael Galindo,  laid out our goals for the future as our incoming UGS President.

UGS Palliative Care Dinner Presentation

July 13, the UGS held a Dinner Presentation at the Marriott City Creek where Dr. Bruce Smith, the Palliative Care Medical Director for Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield was the Guest Speaker. He gave an update on Payer Innovations on Palliative Care the from Regence's perspective. It was a well attended event and Leslie Foren, our Regence representative should be complemented on her food selection. We had a lively discussion.