Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Wilingboro, N.J., and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J., each have earned Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders designations. The designation recognizes Lourdes commitment to excellence in providing patient-centered care for older adult patients, according to a news release.
Through our participation in the NICHE program, we offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for older adults, Audrey Jadczak, MHA, RN, CNO at Lourdes Health System, said in the release. This leads to greater satisfaction for patients, their families and staff.
Lourdes shows a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times quality care of older adults, Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of NICHE, said in the release. The hospitals dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the older population people 65 or older numbered 41.4 million in 2011. They represented 13.3% of the U.S. population, more than one in every eight Americans.
As the nations aging population continues to increase, managing healthcare quality is a key focus for all providers, especially here at Lourdes, Jadczak said in the release. We recognize health issues facing the aging population, and have best practices in place to provide the best possible care.
Jadczak said earning the NICHE designation has a broader meaning. NICHE not only focuses on our older adults that are hospitalized, but also our older adult outpatient population, she said in the release. By building upon our patient-centered care for older adults, were reaching our patients through physician offices and our Accountable Care Organization. Were truly providing patient-centered care across the healthcare continuum.