Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., has achieved Exemplar status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospitals commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 years and older, according to a news release.
The Exemplar status recognizes the hospitals ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and preeminence in the implementation and quality of systemwide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults. according to the release.
The highest of four possible program levels, Exemplar status was assigned following a rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of Advocate Lutheran Generals NICHE program. The requirements include implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, including specialty units; implementation of systemic aging-sensitive policies; inclusion of the input of patient, families and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives; and assuming regional and national leadership roles, according to the release.
The annual program self-evaluation is used by hospitals to determine the level of their NICHE program. The evaluation benchmarks program progress year-to-year, targets future care initiatives and provides data to use in gaining and sustaining support from institution stakeholders.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospitals evaluation demonstrated a tremendous ability to meet the needs of the older adult patient, Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of NICHE, and the John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging at New York University College of Nursing, said in the release. The hospitals high intensity level in marshalling geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care marks it as a leader in the field.