|Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford Receives NICHE Designation|
|Tuesday, April 23, 2013|
Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ, has received designation as a NICHE Hospital. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation indicates a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.
The NICHE designation recognizes Kennedy’s dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adult patients through its 12-bed ACE (Adult Care for Elders) Unit, which opened in 2011.
Kennedy’s ACE Unit is designed to meet the unique needs of hospitalized older adults (ages 60 and up), while offering support and access to their loved ones. The Kennedy – Stratford ACE Unit uses an interdisciplinary approach to help older adults maintain their independence and prevent physical and mental decline while receiving treatment for acute illnesses.
Through its participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program —Kennedy offers evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults.
“Kennedy shows a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times - quality care of older adults,” says Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders – NICHE, Dr. John W. Rowe, Professor in Successful Aging, New York University College of Nursing. “The hospital’s dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”