Gerontological Nursing

Quality care for seniors

Methodist Hospital is proud to be designated a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Exemplar site by the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older.

The Exemplar status is achieved following a rigorous self-evaluation by NICHE acute care hospitals of the current state and future goals of their NICHE programs. The requirements include implementation of the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable units, implementation of aging sensitive policies.

NICHE hospitals recognize the unique needs of older adult patients and they are committed to creating a hospital culture where the principal focus is on patients and their families.