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NYU College of Nursing announces new NICHE director

Tuesday July 15, 2014
Barbara Bricoli
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New York University College of Nursing recently announced the appointment of Barbara Bricoli, MPA, as executive director of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.
NICHE, established in 1992, is a nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.
“Putting quality healthcare of older adults in the forefront of healthcare improvement has been the mission of the NICHE program for 22 years,” Eileen Sullivan-Marx, RN, PhD, FAAN, NYUCN dean and Erline Perkins McGriff professor, said in a news release. “Now more than ever, the results of the NICHE approach are bringing nurse-driven solutions to health systems. Ms. Bricoli is the right leader for the right time to move NICHE forward, building on NYU College of Nursing’s deep capacity in geriatric research, education and practice.”
Based at NYUCN, NICHE consists of more than 530 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America. NICHE recently launched an initiative, driven by Bricoli, to attract international interest in adoption of the NICHE model of care for older adult patients. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital’s organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality across the continuum, enhancing the patient and family experience and supporting the hospital’s efforts to serve their communities.
“I couldn’t ask for a more exciting time to lead NICHE,” Bricoli said in the release. “I believe that the profound shifts occurring in healthcare due to the rapid growth of the aging population, the critical mandates coming out of the Affordable Care Act, and the population health needs across the globe will drive change and revolutionize healthcare. The NICHE community will be the leaders in transforming the healthcare system for years to come and it is an honor to help ensure there is a sustainable platform to support their efforts.”
Bricoli joined NICHE in 2007, and most recently served as managing director, collaborating closely with former NICHE Director Elizabeth Capezuti, RN, PhD, FAAN.
Bricoli will be responsible for continuing to build successful programs to engage hospitals, healthcare leaders, consumers, faculty and other stakeholders in the expansion and sustainability of the NICHE program. She will seek to engage new relationships with funders and corporate entities, expanding NICHE’s offerings and increasing its resource development.


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