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Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Achieves National Recognition for its Efforts to Improve Care for Older Adults

Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Achieves National Recognition for its Efforts to Improve Care for Older Adults

Feb 22, 2016

WOODBURY, NJ, November 24, 2015 – NICHE-Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders-- awarded its highest honor to Inspira Medical Center Woodbury in recognition of its commitment to geriatric nursing care.

NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 years and older.  The "Exemplar" status — the highest of four possible program levels — was assigned following a rigorous program evaluation of the current state and future goals of the NICHE program at Inspira Woodbury.

“This NICHE status signals our resolve to provide patient-centered care for older adults,” explains Terri Spoltore, DNP(c), MSN, RN, CCRN, vice president, Patient Care Services. “Through our participation in the NICHE program, Inspira Woodbury offers evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for the older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for our patients, their families and our staff.”

Add one—Inspira Woodbury NICHE recognition

“We go beyond the normal expectation for our elderly through our geriatric resource nurses, geriatric certified nurses and pharmacists,” noted Jackie Savage, MBA, MSN, RN, CMCRN, clinical resource nurse and NICHE coordinator.  “Our older patients benefit from our
commitment through our team’s rounding which includes participation from physicians, pharmacy, PM&R, case management, and nursing.”

“I’m so excited that Inspira continues to stay focused on our senior population,” added Sandy Lovelace, RN, BSN, assistant nurse manager and NICHE co-coordinator.  “With our relationship with NICHE, we are able to share information and obtain new care strategies with hospitals around the country. I’m proud of this staff-driven initiative that reinforces our unit-based council’s goals for patient satisfaction.”



NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, has over 620 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network.
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About Inspira Health Network

Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit health care organization serving communities across southern New Jersey. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 60 locations. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing, digestive health and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than thirty primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Camden counties.

Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 5,700 employees, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the network’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health Network, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Topics: Quality