Dr. Leo Cooney established the program in Geriatrics at Yale, coming to this institution in 1976 as the Director of the Continuing Care Unit. This unit is now known as the Yale Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. His career at Yale has focused on assisting elderly individuals to attain the highest level of independence possible. His research interests have focused on efforts to ensure that health care resources are applied to those in most need. Along with Dr. Brandt Fries, he developed the Resource Utilization Groups, which is now used as the method of reimbursing Medicare patients in nursing homes throughout the country. He directs the utilization review efforts at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society. He continues to have a very active clinical and teaching role to ensure that medical residents and students are as prepared as possible to care for the multiple problems of the frail elderly.
Specialized Terms: Geriatric medicine; Assistance in elderly independence; Resource utilization; Transitional models of care for nursing home residents
Geriatrics; Nursing Homes; Geriatric Assessment; Housing for the Elderly