NICHE Program & Bassett Hospitals

Five Bassett Healthcare Network hospitals have achieved designation as NICHE hospitals. NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders and is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence. Bassett Healthcare Network’s Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, O’Connor Hospital, Cobleskill Regional Hospital and Little Falls Hospital are all designated NICHE hospitals.

“Fifty percent or more of the inpatient population our network hospitals care for is 65 years of age or older,” says Bassett Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Connie Jastremski, R.N., M.S., M.B.A. “The NICHE program is designed to help us engage our elderly population in a geriatric sensitive way.”

The NICHE program helps Bassett:

  • Improve geriatric nursing knowledge and patient outcomes
  • Enhance work satisfaction in caring for older adults
  • Achieve better outcomes as a result of fewer patient falls, pressure ulcers and urinary tract infections commonly associated with hospitalization of older patients

NICHE Innovations Implemented at Bassett include:

  • Clinical protocols specifically for older patients
  • Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model adopted to enhance staff knowledge and provide system-wide support for improved geriatric care
  • Provide improved patient/nurse interaction that helps allay older adult patient fears and anxiety related to hospitalization