White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital has been recognized again for its commitment to the quality care of older adults by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program.
White Plains announced April 10 in a news release that it has achieved NICHE Exemplar status, which recognizes the hospital’s ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care.
“NICHE Exemplar designation is a remarkable achievement for our hospital, and we are proud of the special services we offer to our elderly patients,” Leigh Anne McMahon, MS, RN, CCRN, senior vice president of patient services and CNO, said in the release. “For example, an enhanced effort to reduce the risk of patient falls resulted in an entire year with not a single injury-causing patient fall. Nurses assess every inpatient, identify those with the greatest risk of falling and take extra measures to prevent falls.”
White Plains first achieved the designation in 2010, according to the release.
“The Exemplar status — the highest of four possible program levels — was assigned following a rigorous program evaluation of the current state and future goals of the NICHE program at White Plains,” Reema Joseph, MA, RN, CPN, White Plains’ NICHE coordinator, said in the release. “Exemplar status requirements include implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units.”