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St. Agnes opens emergency department for seniors

St. Agnes opens emergency department for seniors

When Phyllis Lansing's husband, suffering from diabetes and dementia, landed in the emergency room at St. Agnes Hospital some years back, she said he was overwhelmed. Doctors ran numerous tests as they evaluated her husband, who is now deceased, but no one told the elderly couple what they were looking for. "It was a confusing process," said Lansing, an 80-year-old resident of Charlestown, a Catonsville retirement community near St. Agnes. "With everyone going in every direction a person doesn't know what's happening to them. They need to be aware that they are dealing with an older person who needs more reassurance, better communication." Moving to...