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November 21, 2013

Methodist Hospital NICHE Program Earns Top-Ranked

Setting the standard for caring for geriatric patients, the Methodist Hospital Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program has obtained “Exemplar” status, the highest of four possible NICHE program levels.

NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients over the aged of 65. NICHE designation and Exemplar status signal Methodist Hospital’s success in providing patient-centered, high quality, sensitive and responsive care for older adults.

The NICHE Exemplar status, presented by The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, recognizes Methodist Hospital’s ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric 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.

The requirements to achieve Exemplar status include implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, including specialty units; implementation of systemic aging-sensitive policies; inclusion of the input of patient, families, and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives; and assuming regional and national leadership roles. 

Established in 1992, NICHE is the only national nursing geriatric initiative to improve the care of older hospitalized adults and is comprised of more than 400 hospitals throughout North America. For more information on NICHE, go to

To read the press release announcing Methodist Hospital's NICHE Exemplar status, with comments from Methodist Hospital NICHE Program Director Deborah Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, click here.