Bayshore Community Hospital Earns NICHE Designation
Hospital opens special ACE Unit dedicated to the care of elderly patientsBayshore Community Hospital, part of Meridian Health, recently earned the designation of being a NICHE hospital. NICHE, which stands for Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, is the only national designation indicating a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.
Through NICHE, Bayshore's administrators, physicians, and team members engage in ongoing training and are able to share information, knowledge, and expertise with other NICHE hospitals. The NICHE program helps Bayshore to improve geriatric nursing knowledge and patient outcomes, while enhancing work satisfaction in caring for older adults.
"Just like our pediatric patients receive special care through the new Pediatric Care Center, our geriatric population has very specific needs when they visit the hospital," says Linda Walsh, MSN, RN, CEN, vice president of nursing and chief nurse executive at Bayshore Community Hospital. "The ACE Unit is designed to avoid hospital-related complications in our elderly patients and help them return to their lives."
When admitted to the ACE Unit at Bayshore, each patient receives the following:
. Complete geriatric assessment, including cognitive evaluation, medication review, activities of daily living, and depression screening.
. Interdisciplinary rounds led by nursing staff, including APN's, pharmacy, nutrition services, physical therapy, and case management departments, who meet to review patients on the ACE Unit.
. Family-centered care - interdisciplinary teams specially trained in geriatrics and dedicated to the needs of older adults, along with a comprehensive discharge-planning process are key to the success of the ACE Unit. A continuum of care minimizes problems associated with the transition of care when leaving the hospital.
The Bayshore ACE Unit also includes supportive geriatric recliners to promote the hospital's "Out of Bed" initiative, which encourages patients to be as mobile as possible. Throughout the Unit there are small but important features such as: easy-to-read signs, tasteful wall colors and furnishings, lighting to soften glare, and low-shine polish on the floors to prevent trips and falls. Amenities include music therapy and specially-trained patient care associates to provide alternative therapies to promote a calm healing environment.
In addition, the Unit's nursing staff have become certified in geriatric nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). "The ACE Unit will provide hospital care for our vulnerable seniors in a home-like environment," says Ellen Barrington, RN, MSN, BC, senior nurse manager for Bayshore Community Hospital's ACE Unit. "We have the staff to help guide our patients and their families through the complex health care system and can personalize care to the life values and priorities of each patient."
The ACE Unit is located on the 2 North nursing unit at Bayshore Community Hospital. For more information on the ACE Unit visit www.BayshoreHospital.org.
About Bayshore Community Hospital
As an affiliated hospital of the Meridian Health System, Bayshore Community Hospital is located in Holmdel, NJ. Bayshore serves a wide geographic area encompassing towns in both Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Bayshore is a 211-bed acute care hospital that offers a wide array of services, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Bayshore Community Hospital's newly developed Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information visit www.bayshorehospital.org.