In 2011, Renown Health was named the only health system in Nevada to receive the NICHE designation from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. NICHE is the largest national geriatric care program for hospitals and the only national designation indicating a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.
In addition to being the only NICHE designated organization in Nevada, Renown Health is also one of only 400 hospitals in the nation with a NICHE designation. Renown joins other prestigious hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Stanford Hospital who also have the NICHE-designation.
Renown Regional Medical Center is one of 400 hospitals in the nation to specialize in care of seniors and in 2012 has been honored with Exemplar status. Only nine hospitals in northern America have obtained this prestigious status.
"This effort to provide quality, specialized care for seniors is integrated throughout the entire healthcare system, including areas like emergency rooms, patient transport, etc." said Frances Stokes, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, director of nursing for the NICHE Program at Renown Health. "NICHE is the gold standard in terms of elder health issues. We are so pleased to be a part of it."
Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows Medical Center, Renown Rehabilitation Hospital and Renown Skilled Nursing all have resource nurses on every adult unit specifically trained in the health care needs of seniors.
Additional information about the NICHE program can be found at the NICHE Knowledge Center. firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICHE nursing care models help hospitals improve care to better meet the needs of hospitalized older adult patients. These models have been implemented and tested at hospitals across the country and have been shown to be effective in improving clinical care and outcomes for elders during and following hospital admission.
Hospitals participating in NICHE report the following.
- Enhanced nursing knowledge and skills regarding treatment of common geriatric conditions
- Greater patient satisfaction
- Decreased length of stay for older adult patients
- Improved environmental design that enhances function and comfort for the aging population
New ER Senior Lounge
In addition to the senior lounge, Renown Health also retains the region's only board-certified geriatrician and provides nurses with specialized geriatric education and training.
Providing additional resources for seniors needing emergent care, Renown Health announces expansions to its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Program. As part of this continued commitment, Renown recently opened a dedicated senior lounge in the Emergency Room at Renown Regional Medical Center. Seniors now have access to a lounge in the ER that provides an environment and care geared specifically towards their needs.
This separate area will provide needed comfort in what is often a stressful and scary time for both the elderly and their families. On average, approximately 31 seniors a day enter Renown Regional's ER. In order to ease tension and provide specialized treatment, Renown created this ER lounge to help seniors and their families feel more relaxed and receive the best medical care possible.
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