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Riddle Hospital receives NICHE/ABIM Trailblazer Award, recognized for longstanding commitment to improving care for older adults

Riddle Hospital December 2, 2020 News Releases

Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, was awarded the 2020 Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) and ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely®️ Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes clinical teams for their outstanding achievement in improving the quality of care for older adults by reducing tests and treatments that have little or no benefit, prioritizing patient safety and preferences, and improving care coordination.

Riddle’s clinical team was specifically recognized in two areas: the reduction of emergency department readmissions and callbacks to patients 75 and over following discharge, and the success of its Sleep Protocol Program, which encourages reducing lights and noise in a care environment to create a healthy sleep environment and promote healing.

“The Sleep Protocol Program has been a key part of Main Line Health’s efforts to reduce the incidence of delirium among senior patients. This is a collective honor for our staff who have committed to this protocol and made it such a success,” says Brian Duke, System Director of Senior Services at Main Line Health.

While Main Line Health has been a NICHE-designated health system since 2016, Riddle Hospital was inducted as a NICHE hospital in 2010. In recognition of the hospital’s decade-long commitment to senior care, NICHE recently named Riddle among its Legacy Hospitals. 

“To be named a Legacy Hospital affirms the pioneering role which Riddle’s team had in being the first hospital with NICHE designation at Main Line Health,” says Duke. “We are proud of all that we have done to be a leader in senior care and a resource for seniors and their loved ones in our community, particularly in establishing an Education of Nurses for Gerontology Certification, which has helped Riddle and the entire Main Line Health system as we improve the care of older adults.”

Main Line Health is committed to serving seniors, their families and caregivers by providing free information and friendly assistance. Learn more about senior care offerings at Main Line Health, including our Senior Care Line.  


About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked the 13th best hospital in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2019–20, and was ranked as high performing in the following common core specialty areas: heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopaedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.

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.


Megan Call
Director, Communications
Office: 484 580 1039