Poinciana Medical Center
August 25, 2015

POINCIANA, FL – Poinciana Medical Center, an HCA North Florida hospital, has been designated as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Hospital. The NICHE designation indicates a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.

"The NICHE classification signals our dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adults," said Joanna Conley, CEO of Poinciana Medical Center. "Through our participation in this program, we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for seniors."

Poinciana Medical Center is the only hospital with this designation in Osceola, south Orange and eastern Polk counties. On average, the hospital serves approximately 2,300 patients over 65 years of age annually. This demographic represents 12.3 percent of the population in Osceola County and 19.2 percent of the population in Polk County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Our plan is to train all of our medical staff to properly care for the elderly population in our community – including certifying all of our nursing staff as geriatric resource nurses," said Sheree Halterman, director of Critical Care at Poinciana Medical Center. "Our entire staff will be well-equipped to care for patients with conditions such as dementia, sensory decline and rigorous medication schedules in order to prevent readmission."