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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Receives NICHE Exemplar Designation


Organization Moves to the Forefront of Elder Care

(April 30, 2015– Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) announces it has received designation as a NICHE Exemplar Hospital, a distinction only sixty-seven other hospitals in the United States have achieved. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation indicates a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.

Niche Designated Hospital

The NICHE designation signals our dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adult patients. Through our participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, their families and staff.

“This Exemplar designation acknowledges NBIMC’s ongoing dedication to geriatric medical care and quality and safety initiatives,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. The Exemplar status is achieved through a rigorous self-evaluation and includes a NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) along with aging sensitive policies and including input from patients, families, and community-based providers.

“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center shows a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times - quality care of older adults,” says Barbara Bricoli, MPA, Executive Director - NICHE. “The hospital’s dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”

Niche - New York University College of Nursing

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE 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. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, has over 550 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network.

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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-7280.

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