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Main Line Health hospitals receive NICHE designation

Main Line Health November 1, 2016 News Releases

Prestigious recognition reflects an organizational commitment to advancing elder care in the communities we serve

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) – Main Line Health hospitals, including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, have all received NICHE designation. The NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation indicates an organization’s commitment to elder care excellence by stimulating senior focused-transformation in the culture of health care facilities and achieving patient-centered care for older adults.

“Receiving NICHE designation across Main Line Health is truly an honor,” says Barbara Wadsworth, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “It validates our efforts to offer a superior experience, focusing on the individual needs of our senior patients.”

The systemwide NICHE designation signals Main Line Health’s dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adult patients. Through participation in the NICHE program—a leading elder care nursing program—Main Line Health is able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, their families and staff.

“Main Line Health shows a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times—quality care of older adults,” says Mattia J. Gilmartin, PhD, RN, acting executive director, NICHE. “The organization’s dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”

Visit our website for more information on finding a physician at any of our NICHE designated acute care hospitals or to learn more about any of Main Line Health’s senior services.


NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help health care organizations improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all people 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 health care organizations to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, consists of over 680 health care organizations in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Singapore and Australia.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.