Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., is one of five hospitals in the nation honored recently for achieving exemplar status from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.
Exemplar status is given to nurse-driven NICHE programs for greatly increasing the quality of care for older adult patients, according to a news release. The additions to the NICHE exemplar group bring the total to 35 high-achieving hospitals.
Exemplar is the highest of four levels of recognition. Progressing through early implementation, progressive and senior friendly levels to achieve the exemplar designation indicates a hospital has demonstrated ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and preeminence in the implementation and quality of systemwide interventions and initiatives.
With older adults currently being hospitalized at three times the rate of the general public, we must take action to make sure this at-risk population is cared for at the highest level of quality, Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, director, education and program development for NICHE, said in the release. These new exemplar hospitals dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.
Hospitals use the NICHE annual program self-evaluation to determine the level of their NICHE program.