The Partnerships for PIECE program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (N.J.) has been awarded 2013 Magnet Honors by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The award, presented Oct. 3 at the National Magnet Conference in Orlando, Fla., recognizes unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice.
Partnerships for PIECE Patient-centered Integrative Elder Care and Empowerment is a grant-funded program to help elderly patients transition from the hospital to the next level of care, whether at home or in a skilled nursing facility.
We are honored to receive this recognition, which highlights the interconnected work of the hospital, physicians and nurses, Susan Lorenz, RN, DrNP, NEA-BC, EDAC, UMCPP vice president of patient care services and CNO, said in a news release.
Supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations New Jersey Health Initiatives and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Partnerships for PIECE works in three areas: training and working closely with partners across care transitions; navigating patients through the transition back into their homes; and streamlining electronic communications through a new data registry system.
UMCPP has the most comprehensive senior care available in our region, with specialized services designed to help older adults get well and get back to their lives, Lorenz said in the release. Partnerships for PIECE complements the care we provide by helping ease the transition from the hospital to the community.
UMCPP is one of 393 organizations to achieve Magnet status, designed to recognize superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The medical center first achieved the honor in 2012.