Two Delaware hospitals made the list of nine facilities that have achieved Exemplar status from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders. Wilmington (Del.) Hospital and Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., both have reached the highest NICHE designation.
“These hospitals showed a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times — quality care of older adults,” NICHE director Liz Capezuti, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dr. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging, New York University College of Nursing, said in a news release. “The hospitals dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and [to]enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”
Other hospitals on the list, released in November, were University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (N.J.); Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center; Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev.; Saint Marys Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind.; and Trinity Hospital of Augusta (Ga.).
Nurse-driven NICHE programs are designed to raise the level of quality in care of older adult patients, according to the release. Exemplar is the highest of four levels.
Progressing through Early Implementation, Progressive and Senior Friendly levels to achieve the Exemplar designation indicates a given hospital has demonstrated ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and pre-eminence in the implementation and quality of systemwide interventions and initiatives.