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Monday, February 10, 2014 - Broward Health Imperial Point Re-Designated a ‘Niche’ Hospital

Hospital provides a model of care for older adults.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) has once again earned the distinguished title of a ‘Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders’ (NICHE) facility. NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults.

According to 2012 projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, as the Baby Boomer generation retires, the United States’ older adult population is expected to more than double from 43.1 million to 92.0 million between 2012 and 2060.

BHIP was first designated as a NICHE facility in 2010. The hospital already caters to older adult populations, thanks to its close proximity to high concentrations of retirement communities, home health agencies and senior housing. 

“Our staff is highly qualified in the care of older adult patients and their unique healthcare needs,” said Alice Taylor, CEO of Broward Health Imperial Point. “With this re-designation, Broward Health Imperial Point will continue to serve as a leader in senior-friendly healthcare.”

To receive a NICHE designation, a hospital has to demonstrate its organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the older adult patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital's efforts to serve their communities.

BHIP’s educational and clinical intervention model prepares staff nurses as experts on older adult issues. These nursing units are trained to identify and address specific older adult syndromes such as falls and confusion, and to implement care strategies that discourage the use of restrictive devices and promote patient mobility.

For more information on Broward Health Imperial Point’s older adult services and NICHE certification, visit us at BrowardHealth.org/BHIPSeniors, or call 954.958.5222.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.