December 09, 2013
Bronson Methodist Hospital has achieved "Exemplar" status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older. The "Exemplar" status recognizes Bronson Methodist Hospital's ongoing high-level dedication to quality geriatric care and interventions that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults.
The "Exemplar" status - the highest of four possible program levels - was assigned following a rigorous self-evaluation of the current state and future goals of Bronson Methodist Hospital's NICHE program. The requirements include implementation of:
- Geriatric resource nurse (GRN) model
- Evidence-based protocols
- Aging-sensitive policies that include input from patients, families and the community
- Leadership roles on a regional and national level
Bronson has been involved in NICHE for more than a decade and mentors other hospitals across the nation to become NICHE sites.