Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders held a reception to celebrate reaching 500 member organizations that have implemented its geriatrics program. Fifty guests attended a small gathering Nov. 20 in New York City to mark the occasion, according to a news release.
NICHE is an international program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. It is based at New York Universitys College of Nursing in New York City. The NICHE hospital member designation signals a resolve to provide specialized and patient-centered care for older adults.
About 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day through 2030, according to the Pew Research Center. Medicare spends $555 billion now, and that number is projected to nearly double by 2020. Through participation NICHE hospitals and their associated healthcare facilities are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, their families and staff, according to the news release.
Our network is now 500 strong and growing, NICHE Director Elizabeth Capezuti, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dr. John W. Rowe professor in successful aging, NYU College of Nursing, said in the release. These hospitals, located throughout North America, have made the vital commitment to help meet one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults.