VOORHEES, NJ (February 13, 2018) – Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey-based hospitals, located in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, have each maintained “Exemplar” status for their NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program. The Jefferson Health Care Center, a Sewell, NJ, skilled nursing facility and sub-acute rehabilitation center, has been named a NICHE “Member.”
NICHE is the only international designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 and older. NICHE “Exemplar” and “Member” status recognize the ongoing dedication of Jefferson Health – New Jersey to geriatric care, its success in the implementation of high-quality, system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate commitment to the care of older adults.
The “Exemplar” status, the highest of four possible program levels, was awarded following an evaluation of the current state and future goals of Jefferson Health - New Jersey’s NICHE program. The Jefferson Health Care Center’s “Member” status means the facility is devoted to providing patient-centered care for older adults. Through NICHE, the Health Care Center will work to provide evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults, with the goal of earning “Exemplar” status.
“We are honored to once again be recognized by the NICHE program,” said Jefferson Health – New Jersey Chief Nurse Executive & Vice President of Clinical Services Helene Burns, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. “These impressive designations signal our resolve to provide high-level, patient-centered care for older adults.”
For more information about NICHE, visit www.nicheprogram.org
About Jefferson Health: Jefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson’s dedicated team of doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff provides a range of primary to highly-specialized care through 14 hospitals (three Magnet®-designated for nursing excellence), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the JeffConnect® telemedicine program. Jefferson’s academic health center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc., is recognized by US News & World Report as #16 on the 2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Jefferson Health’s mission is to improve the health of those patients and communities it is privileged to serve through safe, effective, equitable, compassionate care.