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Press Room

Summa Health System Finds its “NICHE” in Senior Care

02.07.2014
Contact: Jim Gosky, Phone: (234) 312-5052
AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2014 – Summa Health System’s wholly owned hospitals – Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital – are proud to announce that they have received NICHE designation.  
 
NICHE (“Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders”) is the country’s leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve care of older adults. The program is based at the NYU College of Nursing and is comprised of 500 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America. NICHE’s designation signifies a hospital’s organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality and enhancing the patient and family experience. 
 
With Americans living longer, the demand for geriatric care is increasing at a rapid pace. According to a 2013 report from the American Geriatrics Society, older adults now account for a disproportionate share of healthcare services and comprise some 35 percent of all hospital stays. “Our findings at Summa mirror these national findings,” said Lanie Ward, Summa Health System senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. “Training our nurses and all members of our healthcare team to better understand the unique needs of our senior patients is of utmost importance to our caregivers and our entire health system.”
 
“NICHE designation demonstrates our leadership and commitment to meeting and exceeding the special care needs of older adults in the communities we serve,” added Kathy Blake, vice president for Seniors and Post Acute Services at Summa Health System. “We are committed to providing the best experience possible for all of our patients, so this effort to become a NICHE hospital fits perfectly with our overall goals.”
 
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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