Among First Long Term Care Organizations to Attain Independent Affiliation

DILLSBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) October 27, 2015

Presbyterian Senior Living announced it has received designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Facility. This makes Presbyterian Senior Living among the first long-term care organizations to attain this independent affiliation.

“Our commitment to residents is consistent with the mission of NICHE,” said Teresa Buchman, RN, BSN, corporate director of clinical services at Presbyterian Senior Living. “As a patient-centered organization, we are strong advocates for the types of sensitive and exemplary care that NICHE promotes. We always strive to be on the cutting edge of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services in order to provide the care, attention and treatment seniors deserve.”

The NICHE designation indicates a commitment to elder care excellence. In order to receive this designation, 11 Presbyterian Senior Living community health centers participated in a Leadership Training Program. Steering committees from these programs developed strategic plans and clinical and operational priorities through a review of performance improvement and risk management data. This plan was then submitted to NICHE for acceptance.

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“Presbyterian Senior Living shows a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times: quality care of older adults,” said Barbara Bricoli, executive director, NICHE, New York University College of Nursing. “Its dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks it as a leader in the field.”

About Presbyterian Senior Living
Presbyterian Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization, fulfilling its charitable purpose and mission by providing high quality retirement choices, healthcare services and affordable residential living options for people 55 and older for more than 85 years. Headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Senior Living provides services to approximately 6,000 seniors in 29 locations in the mid-Atlantic region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware. For more information, please visit

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help healthcare facilities 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, consists of over 660 healthcare facilities in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore.

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