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Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s NICHE program Recognized by ADVANCE Nursing Magazine

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 29, 2011) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s program for hospitalized older adults has been recognized by the prestigious Advance for Nurses Magazine.

 

The national nursing publication recently published an article on the Hospital’s initiative to improve the health of older adults who are admitted at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing designated Hudson Valley Hospital Center as one of the country’s 300 NICHE hospitals. NICHE or Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders is the only national geriatric initiative to improve care of older hospitalized adults.

To receive the designation the Hospital had to develop a program that treats older people with compassion, keeps their health from deteriorating and works with their families to prepare patients for leaving the hospital. The Hospital’s NICHE team also had to participate in a six-week leadership training program and develop a robust action plan to incorporate improved geriatric care throughout the hospital.  HVHC is the only NICHE designated hospital in Westchester/Putnam. It is also the only Magnet Nursing facility in the region.

Suzanne Mateo, chair of HVHC’s NICHE team, said that the team was honored at being chosen to appear on the cover of the November 21 edition of Advance for Nursing Magazine, a trade publication that is widely read by the nursing profession in the Northeast.

“We made a commitment as part of our Magnet designation to elevate our practice,’’ said Mateo, Ma, BSN, RN, Administrative Director of Nursing at HVHC. “Ninety-five percent of these people who we are working with are old, old – and that means 85 and older. Many of them are very vibrant and robust and we want to make sure that when they leave here they can continue to enjoy their lives.’’

People over 65 are the fastest growing age group in the nation, making up 12.9 percent of the population or about 1 in 8 people in the United States. By 2030, estimates are that there will be about 72.1 million older adults, according to U.S. Census data.

Some of the challenges that face nursing staff caring for older adults include making sure that patients receive mental stimulation and exercise to prevent their deterioration and working to reduce stress and anxiety during their hospital stay. The NICHE network offers Hospital staff training and shares best practices that can help them better care for older adults.

Other NICHE designated hospitals in New York are Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation. 

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit hvhc.npgdev.com