White Plains, NY (January 2012) - White Plains Hospital has received the NICHE, or Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, designation from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University (NYU). The designation recognizes a strong commitment in hospitals to geriatric nursing care, and makes White Plains one of only two hospitals in Westchester County to receive such recognition.
Jon B. Schandler, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital said, “This is a remarkable and valuable milestone for our Hospital, especially at a time when we are facing the realities of an increasing older adult population in Westchester Country. The NICHE designation tells the public that White Plains is an elderly-friendly hospital, and that our staff, facilities and resources have all received specialized training and attention related to the specific needs of older adults.”
Paul Quinn, Director of Nursing at White Plains Hospital and NICHE Coordinator added, “We recognize the important issues facing the older population, such as hearing and vision problems, falls, gait, balance and memory and have put best practices into place to provide the highest quality of care. Special renovations to our facility will also make the hospital easier to navigate for older adults.” These renovations include facility upgrades such as the installment of hand rails in the hallways, the addition of more comfortable seating areas and large-print signage for patients and visitors. Clinical staff including nurses, technicians and physicians, have all received specialized training in geriatric care to improve the inpatient experience for older adults and help them recover as quickly as possible. Raj Buddhavarapu, M.D., Director of Geriatrics at White Plains Hospital explained, “Our goal is to help older adults heal and return to their homes as soon as possible, so that the many complicating factors that often accompany hospitalization in elderly patients, such as fear, discomfort, confusion and the susceptibility to infection, are minimized.”
According to the Westchester Alliance of Academic Institutions for Aging Related Studies, the population of adults over age 65 is expected to increase by 36% to over 55 million people between 2010 and 2020. White Plains Hospital is expected to announce an expanded umbrella of comprehensive services for seniors focused around health maintenance later this Spring.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with more than 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.