Appointed by Dean Sullivan-Marx at the New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Dr. Mattia Gilmartin has been named Executive Director of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program. NICHE was established in 1992 as the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.

The mission of NICHE is to provide the principles and tools to stimulate change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve sensitive patient-centered care for all older adults over the age of 65. Based at NYU Nursing, NICHE has a network of over 680 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 46 states, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore.

According to an NYU News Release from February 2016, the number of adults over the age of 85 is expected to nearly triple from 6.3 million in 2015 to 17.9 million in 2015, ultimately comprising 4.5% of the total population. With the needs of older adults being increasingly met outside the home, NICHE seeks to ensure that those working in long-term care facilities are educated and prepared to meet the rising demand for these services.

As Executive Director of NICHE, Dr. Gilmartin will oversee the success of new programs to engage hospitals and healthcare leaders in expanding the NICHE program. Her responsibilities will include managing the current membership model, seeking new relationships with funders, expanding the NICHE program and its offerings, and increasing resource development. In doing so, Gilmartin will fulfill her most critical goal of providing a premier healthcare model for the care of older adults.

Dr. Gilmartin’s faculty appointment at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing includes Senior Research Scientist and Director for the Center for Continuing Nursing Education where she manages a number of continuing education programs for practicing nurses. Before coming to NYU in 2011, Gilmartin oversaw an interdisciplinary research group at a leading international business school in France called INSEAD, and led the design and implementation of a three-semester specialty track Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City.

Gimartin’s education includes a BSN, MSN, and master’s of business administration from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD from the University of Virginia. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in organizational improvement and comparative health systems at Cambridge University. Dr. Gilmartin currently serves as chair-elect for the Academy of Management, and Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and National Academies of Practice.

In her new position as Executive Director of NICHE, Dr. Gilmartin will continue working with Dean Sullivan-Marx at NYU Meyers and The Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing in overseeing the continued success of the NICHE program.

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