Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders
Atlantic General Hospital announces it is now a NICHE (Nurses Improving
Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated organization. The
NICHE designation indicates an organization’s commitment to senior and
elder care excellence.
“Atlantic General Hospital has always been committed to providing
quality service to all visitors and members of our community. We are proud
to have earned the NICHE designation and believe it is proof that our
commitment to quality, patient-centered care reaches all patients, especially
the growing elder population,” said Colleen Wareing, Vice President
of Patient Care Services at Atlantic General Hospital.
We have been diligently incorporating the NICHE principles into the planning
for the redesign of our inpatient care areas, which is being funded in
part through the hospital’s
Campaign for the Future.
These efforts include:
- Geriatric sensitivity training for staff
- An aromatherapy program to promote rest
- Access to outdoor spaces for patients and families
- Designated spaces that promote earlier and safe mobility
- The addition of spaces that meet the needs of older adults, including work
environments as more of the hospital’s associates are working past
the age of 65.
Several of the NICHE designation recommendations are already in place including
registration kiosks, telemedicine care, the PERKS patient portal, private
rooms for all inpatients, and a provider who specializes in gerontology,
Craig Johnson, PA.
More about NICHE
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international
program designed to help healthcare organizations improve the care of
seniors. The vision of NICHE is for all people 65-and-over to be given
sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles
and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare organizations
to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU
Rory Meyers College of Nursing, consists of over 680 healthcare organizations
in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Singapore, and Australia. For more information visit