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NICHE

Providing evidence-based, age-sensitive nursing care for our older patients. 

Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital and BayRidge Hospital are committed to meeting the unique needs of older adults and their loved ones. We provide evidence-based, age-sensitive nursing care for our older patients, which leads to the best possible clinical outcomes, through our Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program.

What is NICHE?

NICHE is an international effort aimed at meeting the special health care needs of older adults. In order to receive the NICHE designation, institutions must annually demonstrate their continuous efforts to provide Evidence-based geriatric care.

Because of our commitment to elder care, in 2015 Addison Gilbert, Beverly Hospital and BayRidge Hospital have received Exemplar status, the highest level possible, by Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE).

The NICHE Difference

NICHE hospital staff are more knowledgeable and qualified in caring for older adult patients and as a result, NICHE hospitals have higher patient and family satisfaction overall. The program helps hospitals to:

  • Implement interdisciplinary evidence-based strategies and methods to address issues specific to older patients
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Increase patient and family satisfaction levels

Geriatric Concerns Addressed by NICHE

The NICHE program at Beverly, Addison Gilbert and BayRidge Hospitals focuses on the prevention of geriatric syndromes such as falls, incontinence, delirium, medications, pain, sleep or nutritional problems. Our program is overseen by the Inter professional Geriatric Steering Committee.

Educational programs are provided throughout the year for RNs, Clinical Associates, Physicians and other members of the interprofessional team on topics related to the provision of Evidenced- Based Geriatric Care.  We work closely with our colleagues in Pharmacy, Respiratory, Social Work, Rehabilitation, Nutritional Services and Pastoral Counseling. The NICHE program gives nurses and other members of the health care team the knowledge and resources needed to help meet the specialized needs of hospitalized older adult patients and their families.

For more information about the NICHE Program at Addison Gilbert, BayRidge and Beverly Hospitals, please call Shirley Conway, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, Director of Geriatric Initiatives at 978.283.4000 ext. 790 .

For more information about NICHE in general, please visit the NICHE Program Web site.

More Information:

Niche examplar 180 NICHE Organization Website


NICHE Program Contact
Shirley Conway, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
Director of Geriatric Initiatives
978.283.4000 ext. 790