Jo Vorwald, Bayfront Health market director of education and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) coordinator, will be joining nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals from more than 300 NICHE member and non-member hospitals located around the world in Austin, Texas for the 2017 Annual NICHE Conference, April 19-22, 2017.
This year’s conference theme celebrates “25 years of Geriatric Nursing Care Excellence – Honoring our Legacy and Transforming the Future.” Vorwald will participate in training featuring focused modules on geriatric palliative care elaborating on physiologic changes in older adults, their medications, and their chronic conditions using a person-centered approach. Additionally, the modules provide a plethora of patient and family education materials, along with evidence-based assessment tools to augment pain and symptom management and teaching strategies for educating personnel that work with geriatric patients and their families.
“34 percent of Charlotte County’s population is over the age of 65,” said Vorwald. “This conference is the ideal setting to gain a better understanding of what others are doing to prepare and care for our aging population.”
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda received designation as a NICHE hospital in 2015 and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in 2016. This designation signals a commitment to providing patient-centered care for older adults. Through participation in the NICHE program, both facilities are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. This leads to an improved experience for patients and their families.
“Both Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda show a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times – quality care of older adults,” said Barbara Bricoli, MPA, Executive Director, NICHE. “Their dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”