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UHS earns national ‘Senior-Friendly’ designation

January 27, 2023

At UHS, we understand that, for many older patients and their families, hospital care can be a source of stress. Older adult patients have unique health needs that call for unique forms of care.  That’s why we take part in the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program.

As a result, UHS has earned 2023 “Senior-Friendly” recognition from NICHE. The designation shows success in the implementation of high-quality, System-wide initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to the care of older adults.

These include:  

  • Launch of an ambulation aide position to promote safe mobilization of elderly patients
  • Partnership with UHS Trauma Services to set protocols for injured older adults.
  • Partnering with the planning team on the Wilson Project to ensure that the new tower at UHS Wilson Medical Center will reflect aging-sensitive principles to ensure safety, functionality and comfort for older patients 

Senior-Friendly status is the second-highest level of recognition in the NICHE program.

“We are proud to be recognized as senior-friendly by the NICHE program,” said Peggy Thomas, MSN, RN, CENP, vice president for Nursing and chief nursing officer of UHS Hospitals. “This recognition reflects UHS' commitment and dedication to providing care and improving healthcare for older adults and all patients.”

NICHE is a national nurse-driven program that validates a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients age 65 or older. As part of our partnership with NICHE, UHS nurses have access to special training in the care of geriatric patients.

For more information about NICHE, visit nicheprogram.org.

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