BATON ROUGE, LA — Baton Rouge General has earned designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) hospital from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. The only national designation of its kind, NICHE designation recognizes Baton Rouge General’s commitment to excellence in senior care. As a NICHE designated facility, Baton Rouge General is focused on evidence-based, nursing approaches to interdisciplinary geriatric care that promote positive experiences for senior patients.
Specific areas targeted by the NICHE program include:
• Decreasing length of hospital stay
• Reducing hospital-acquired complications
• Educating staff to be sensitive to seniors’ needs
• Redesigning patient care areas to enhance function and comfort
Baton Rouge General’s senior programs and services are led by a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team of nurses and physicians specially trained in geriatric care in collaboration with clinicians from related care areas, including physical therapists, pharmacists and social workers who have received specialized geriatric sensitivity training.
“As our aging senior population increases, it is important for us to create an environment that anticipates and responds to their specific needs ... not just in the medical conditions we treat, but in the manner we treat our patients,” said Venkat Banda, MD, Baton Rouge General’s Chief of Medicine. “Achieving NICHE designation is a reflection of our commitment to seniors and we’re very proud to share this news with our community.”
“Baton Rouge General’s Seniors ER is another dimension of our focus on providing high quality, compassionate care for seniors in our community,” said Bill Holman, President & CEO of Baton Rouge General. “We are proud to lead the region as the first and only senior emergency room dedicated to the unique medical needs of senior patients.”