NICHE Geriatric Care Designation

All 10 MedStar hospitals are recognized for exceptional care for older adults and have achieved designation from NICHE, Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders. Three MedStar hospitals — MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md., MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, in Clinton, Md. and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.— have achieved "exemplar" status, the highest level of recognition bestowed by NICHE. All other MedStar hospitals have achieved Senior Friendly status, the next highest level of recognition. MedStar Health is one of the top seven NICHE health systems in the United States.

NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve care of patients 65 and older. This designation means that MedStar hospitals are committed to providing nurse-led, evidence-based care of elder adults. By accessing training, tools and resources, and by sharing information, knowledge and expertise, our hospitals pursue ongoing improvement in the quality of care and patient experience for geriatric patients.  

Left: Evelyn Ougo Diop, DNP, RN, nursing director geriatric unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is pictured with a patient.
Right: The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse Interest Group led by Judi Bailey, RN, BSN, NICHE coordinator (top row, 3rd from left) and Alexis Smith, RN, MS, CMSRN, NICHE clinical educator (top row, 4th from left)

Karen Mack, MS, MBA, APRN, Clinical Practice Program Specialist, described MedStar's accomplishments at the NICHE 2016 Conference. She is accompanied by more than 20 MedStar nurses who attended the conference.