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The RIA Celebrates New Partnership for GeriMedRisk

May 13, 2024 | Media, RIA Announcements

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is celebrating a new milestone for GeriMedRisk, a research project-turned clinical program that has formed a new partnership with Grand River Hospital in the Waterloo Region and received new $4.1M in funding from the Ministry of Health to expand its services. Through this partnership, Grand River Hospital will provide ongoing support with human resources and financial infrastructure to enable the next phase of GeriMedRisk’s growth.

GeriMedRisk strives to optimize medications for older adults through interdisciplinary specialist expertise regardless of location. Since its beginnings as a pilot research project at the RIA, GMR has grown to become a provincially-funded virtual clinical program with robust education and innovation programs with national and international reach, respectively. This was enabled by the RIA’s Innovation-Acceleration-Mobilization strategy, and supportive organizations, including:

  • Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
  • McMaster University
  • Grand River Hospital
  • North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
  • The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
  • Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario
  • The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario
  • The University of Toronto
  • Behavioural Supports Ontario
  • St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph
  • Bruyere Complex Continuing Care
  • Ontario Telemedicine Network
  • Ontario Poison Centre

During this maturation, GMR incorporated as a federal not-for-profit organization in 2020, and transitioned to its own board of directors and governance infrastructure with support and guidance from its host organization, the RIA.

“It has been thrilling to see GeriMedRisk grow from a feasibility trial into an in-demand essential service across Ontario, exemplifying RIA’s incubation, acceleration, and mobilization model,” says Dr. Tina Mah, RIA Executive Director. “We will continue to collaborate with Dr. Ho and Dr. Benjamin on research initiatives that ensure older adults receive the best medication management care and the development of innovative programs of care necessary to live a healthy and enriching quality of life.”

 

As a natural evolution of this growth, GeriMedRisk joined the Ontario Hospital Association as an affiliate member and is embarking on a new strategic collaboration with Grand River Hospital. To enable this collaboration, Grand River Hospital will provide essential support services to GeriMedRisk’s operations.

“GeriMedRisk is a national organization that is doing amazing, world-class work and we are excited to be a part of it,” says Elizabeth Ferguson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Grand River Hospital. “Grand River Hospital was one of the first partners to support GeriMedRisk research so it only makes sense that our hospital would partner with the GeriMedRisk team to support their operations through our human resource and finance infrastructure.”

GeriMedRisk will continue its ongoing research, innovation and capacity-building collaborations with the RIA and McMaster University to create and evaluate solutions to prevent drug-related harm to older adults.

“McMaster University’s Faculty Health Sciences is world renowned in its contributions to human health research. GeriMedRisk is an important contributor to the field of science in the care of the older adult” says Dr. Margo Mountjoy, Regional Assistant Dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. “ Drs. Ho and Benjamin are also valued Faculty members for their teaching as well as for their research initiatives.”

As a growing learning health system focused on medication optimization in older adults, GeriMedRisk has integrated research and innovation, education, and clinical service components. GeriMedRisk aims to support all older adults across Canada to age well by providing timely expertise in medications for physical and mental health conditions.

Read more about GeriMedRisk’s new funding from the Ministry of Health.

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