Crozer-Chester Medical Center Earns NICHE Designation
Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently earned the designation of being a NICHE hospital. NICHE, which stands for Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence. Crozer is the first hospital with an Acute Care of Elders (ACE) Unit to receive the NICHE designation in Delaware County.
“Through NICHE, Crozer’s administrators, clinicians, and staff engage in ongoing training and are able to share information, knowledge, and expertise with other NICHE hospitals,” says William Zirker, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “With this designation, our patients can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible quality of care with the most up-to-date treatment options.”
The NICHE program helps Crozer to improve geriatric nursing knowledge and patient outcomes, while enhancing work satisfaction in caring for older adults.
“With this designation, Crozer is now part of a community of resources provided by NICHE,” says Kathy Denny, R.N., director of the ACE Unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Because older people face greater challenges when hospitalized, it’s important to have access to resources that NICHE can provide, like educational programs, training, mentorships and resources for developing evidence-based protocols to improve the outcomes for our older adult patients.”
Through a contact of the NICHE program, eight of Crozer’s nurses are taking the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam to receive their Geriatric Nursing Certification.
NICHE nursing care models help hospitals improve care to better meet the needs of hospitalized older adult patients. These models have been implemented and tested at hospitals across the country and have been shown to be effective in improving clinical care and outcomes for elders during and following hospital admission.
Hospitals participating in NICHE report the following:
- Enhanced nursing knowledge and skills regarding treatment of common geriatric conditions
- Greater patient satisfaction
- Decreased length of stay for older adult patients
- Improved environmental design that enhances function and comfort for the aging population.
A program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, NICHE has evolved into the only national geriatric care program for hospitals. It is currently comprised of nearly 300 hospitals across the country that share the goal to achieve patient-centered care for older adults.