Wheaton Franciscan Hospitals Recognized for Exemplary Care of Older Adults - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Published on October 21, 2015

Wheaton Franciscan Hospitals Recognized for Exemplary Care of Older Adults

Wheaton Franciscan hospitals honored with NICHE Exemplar statusWheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis and Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus achieved NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) "Exemplar" status, the highest of four possible program levels, following a recent, rigorous program evaluation.

The hospitals - two of only eight in Wisconsin and 77 nationally - achieved this status as a result of hard work by the Wheaton Senior Health teams at both sites.

"Exemplar" status recognizes our ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric nursing care and pre-eminence in the implementation and quality of system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults.

“Through our participation in the NICHE program we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for our older patients," says Cathleen Hoffman, BSN, RN-BC, Manager of Senior Health Services. "This leads to greater satisfaction rates for our patients, their families and our staff."

About NICHE

NICHE is an international program designed to help improve the care of older adults. The focus is on programs and protocols where nursing interventions have a substantive and positive impact on patient care.

NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, has more than 620 hospitals and health care organizations in its network.

Additional Wheaton Hospitals NICHE Certified

Three additional Wheaton Franciscan hospitals are also NICHE certified:

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Wheaton Franciscan Hospitals Recognized for Exemplary Care of Older Adults