Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford (N.J.) has been selected as one of 10 hospitals in the nation honored with Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders’ Exemplar status for nurse-driven programs that greatly increase the quality of care of older patients, according to an Aug. 4 news release.
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.
These 10 additions to the NICHE Exemplar group bring the total to 74 hospitals.
The hospitals received Exemplar status after the completion of annual program evaluations, according to the release. Requirements included implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, including specialty units; implementation of 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.
Other hospitals new to the Exemplar status are Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia, S.C.; Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario; TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa; Upstate Medical University Hospital and Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus, Syracuse, N.Y.
These new Exemplar sites join three hospitals that have achieved Exemplar status again this summer, including Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.; Carolinas Medical Center – Mercy, Charlotte; and St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa.