This website is built around the work of the Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, a joint venture between the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda. Established in 1989, the Borun Center is an interdisciplinary center for applied research that focuses on creating, testing, and promoting the adoption of behavioral interventions to improve daily care and quality of life in nursing homes. The Center's mission encompasses three primary objectives:
The Center's work, designed to help nursing homes make the most of the resources they have on hand to enhance patient care and improve clinical outcomes, is exceptional for several reasons:
To the best of our knowledge, no other research center in the nation can lay claim to a body of work of comparable breadth, depth, and quality. Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, is the new director of the Borun Center. Dr. Saliba is an associate professor of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She has a strong track record in applied research to improve the quality of life of frail older persons. She has developed methods to identify inappropriate transfers from nursing homes to hospitals; researched disaster response and resident safety; developed quality measures for vulnerable adults in long-term care; and examined the relationship between nursing home structure and quality.