Two Maryland hospitals are among 31 hospitals nationwide that have newly achieved NICHE Exemplar status for their nurse-driven programs to improve the quality of care for older adults. Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore and Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md., were among the hospitals that recently achieved NICHE Exemplar status, according to a news release.
The additional 31 hospitals bring the total to 67 hospitals achieving NICHE Exemplar status. 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, according to the release.
Hospitals use the NICHE annual program self-evaluation 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, according to the release.
The hospitals received Exemplar status after the completion of their annual program evaluations. Requirements included 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 patients, families and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives; and assumption of regional and national leadership roles.
“The impact on our healthcare system of the almost 77 million baby boomers now reaching age 65 and the reality of the complex needs of older adults puts geriatric training in high demand,” Barbara Bricoli, NICHE executive director, said in the release. “Our new Exemplar hospitals have demonstrated a dedication to enhance care and take the lead in meeting the challenge.”