Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains, N.J., recently achieved Exemplar status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program two years in a row.
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.
Chilton is among 11% of hospitals in the nation to earn this designation.
The NICHE designation and the Exemplar status signal our resolve to provide high-quality, sensitive and responsive care for older adults in our communities, Chilton NICHE Coordinator Carnette Smith MS, RN, said in the release. Through our participation in the NICHE program, we are able to offer evidence-based approaches to care that greatly improve patient outcomes and promote a positive experience for patients and their families.
Exemplar status, the highest of four possible program levels, recognizes Chiltons ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care, according to the release. The status was assigned after a self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of the NICHE program at Chilton.
The requirements for Exemplar status include:
Implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, including specialty units
Application of systemic aging-sensitive policies
Inclusion of the input of patient, families and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives
Assuming regional and national leadership roles
According to the NICHE programs website, the NICHE network includes more than 550 hospitals in the U.S. and three other countries.