Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Earns Highly Respected NICHE Certification

August 11, 2010

Fredericksburg, VA, August 11, 2010 -- Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has earned the highly respected NICHE certification. NICHE is an acute care program and helps hospitals provide exemplary geriatric care as well as the means to implement a geriatric care service line. There are numerous advantages to having a NICHE program in the hospital, including improved patient outcomes, greater patient and nurse satisfaction, and increased efficiency and marketability.

Eugenia During, Senior Leader of the Med/Surg/Oncology Unit, stated, "Through the passion of our Chief Nursing Officer, Nancy Littlefield, we now have a unique opportunity to introduce healthy aging through the NICHE program to the community and our nurses."

The affiliation with NICHE will allow Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center to help build the capacity to implement a system-wide geriatric care program, participate in an extensive collaborative community of practitioners and have access to the most up to date protocols and practices for the care of older adults. NICHE also provides training and education courses for nurses that include core curriculums such as Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN), Gero Patient Care Associate (GPCA) and Introduction to Gerontology.

About HCA Virginia

HCA Virginia is the state's most comprehensive healthcare network with two dozen locally managed hospitals and outpatient centers in Central, Southwestern, and Northern Virginia. With a workforce of more than 10,000, it is one of the state's largest employers and healthcare providers. Each year HCA Virginia facilities provide approximately $100 million in free charity care to needy patients and pays $100 million in taxes that support vital community services.

For additional information regarding the hospital, call Consult-A-NurseĀ® at 888-685-1610 or refer to
www.spotsrmc.com.

Contact:
Jeanne Burkett
Marketing Leader
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
HCA Virginia Health System
4604 Spotsylvania Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Phone: 540/498-4054
Mobile: 804/306-4039
Fax: 540/498-4066
jeanne.burkett@hcahealthcare.com

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