Good Samaritan recognized for exemplary treatment of the elderly
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has received Exemplar status from the NICHE (Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elderly) program. Exemplar status is the highest recognition that a hospital can achieve and indicates that the hospital has demonstrated “ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and preeminence in the implementation and quality of system-wide interventions and initiatives.”
In order to receive this designation, Good Samaritan Hospital participated in a self evaluation. This evaluation benchmarks program progress year to year, targets future care initiatives, and provides data to use in gaining and sustaining support from institution stakeholders.
“Offering the elderly in our community the best possible care is incredibly important to Good Samaritan Hospital,” said Marjorie Maurer, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive. “Receiving exemplar status illustrates our commitment to the elderly and showcases the great care that our nursing staff provides each and every day.”
For elderly patients, Good Samaritan Hospital offers a Volunteer Visitation Program, Senior Comfort Shawls and a Memory Assessment Center. In addition, the staff receives ongoing education regarding the special needs of elderly patients both in the hospital and in the community and geriatric nurse specialists have implemented special practices for caring for the elderly. Care for seniors continues after they are discharged by care managers who coordinate the patient’s care.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to providing excellent care and a high level of service. Over the past 35 years, it has evolved into a recognized leader in health care. Deemed one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics four of the past five years, Good Samaritan Hospital is the only health care organization in the nation to earn the prestigious 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Good Samaritan Hospital features DuPage County’s only Level I trauma center and a certified Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is noted for cancer care, women and children’s services and surgical services and has received the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet designation, the highest honor and level of recognition awarded to nursing excellence in national and international health care. Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care.