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Our Lady of Lourdes Health Senior Services & Palliative Care Achieves Exemplar Status for Improving Care for Older Adults

January 04, 2024

2024 NICHE badgeLAFAYETTE, LA – Our Lady of Lourdes Health Senior Services & Palliative Care announces it has achieved Exemplar status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program. NICHE recognizes our department’s success in the implementation of high-quality, system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to the care of older adults with this highest level of NICHE recognition.

“The compassionate and holistic care provided by our multidisciplinary team touches our elderly patients in the healthcare continuum,” comments Program Manager Pauline Breaux, RN, BSN. “Our providers provide best practices to our community, in addition to resources for patients and caregivers. Our love and our care are reflections of St. Francis and the mission of this hospital.”

Senior Services & Palliative Care submitted a comprehensive report of their program activities for review by NICHE faculty. Based on pre-established criteria, the faculty recommended Exemplar recognition. As an Exemplar NICHE member, the department will continue to provide evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults.

“The leadership and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Health Senior Services & Palliative Care have demonstrated a tremendous ability to meet the needs of older adults,” says Mattia J. Gilmartin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of NICHE. “Their capacity to bring together geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care marks them as a leader in the field and signals their resolve to provide high-quality, person-centered care for older adults.”

Tracy Vincent, FNP-BC shares, “In keeping with who we are as a ministry, we help those most in need and take care of our elderly patients. To us, this is a very rewarding privilege.”



The goal of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is to impart principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve patient-centered nursing care for older adults in healthcare facilities. NICHE membership is only available to facilities that provide care for older adults. For more information, visit

About Our Lady of Lourdes Health

Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes Health is a not–for–profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Lafayette, Louisiana. With a regional acute care medical center that employs more than 2,800 people, Our Lady of Lourdes Health offers a physician staff of over 850 doctors in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Lourdes’ services include Centers of Excellence in the areas of Orthopedics, Stroke and a Robotic Surgery Program. Lourdes is home to the only burn unit in Southwest Louisiana and a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program. Our Lady of Lourdes operates Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, a premier 32-bed cardiac facility, and Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital, offering the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level III Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. With additional services including multiple clinics, four imaging locations and a primary care physician network, Lourdes provides easy access to comprehensive care throughout the community. Our Lady of Lourdes is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. Discover more at

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Jenny Baudoin
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Our Lady of Lourdes Health



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