OakBend Medical Center Receives NICHE Designation


Eunice Bufford, LaTarsha Spencer, Crystal Lewis, Sue McCarty, Deidra Martinez and Lorlyn Sevilla.

Eunice Bufford, LaTarsha Spencer, Crystal Lewis, Sue McCarty, Deidra Martinez and Lorlyn Sevilla.

OakBend Medical Center has earned the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation, which recognizes OakBend’s ongoing commitment to geriatric nursing care. The NICHE program is designed to upgrade the quality of care for older adult patients by increasing awareness of geriatric issues, improving staff competence in nursing care of the elderly and supporting the implementation of hospital geriatric protocols.

NICHE’s goal is to achieve systematic nursing change that will benefit the care of older adults in all healthcare settings, and its vision 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.

OakBend’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit is the only unit of its kind in Fort Bend County. The 13 bed unit promotes the NICHE concepts. NICHE provides materials and services necessary to stimulate and support the planning and implementation process. The focus is on programs and protocols that are dominantly under the control of nursing practice or areas where nursing interventions have a substantive and positive impact on patient care.

“We are excited about our NICHE designation,” announced Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “Our nurses are exceptional in all areas of the hospital, and this recognition is a great honor.”

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