RBC donates $200,000 to QCH for NICHE training

RBC donates $200,000 to QCH for NICHE training over 3 years.

On Giving Tuesday, December 1st, RBC executives, managers and financial planners from local branches visited Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) to learn how the company’s $200,000 donation to the hospital will contribute to exemplary care for elderly patients.

RBC’s donation of $200K will support NICHE training for almost 1000 QCH staff over the next three years. RBC executives at QCH ACE Unit

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults.  NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital’s organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital and other healthcare organization’s efforts to serve its communities.

NICHE training is critically important to the care for seniors that will be provided in the new Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH.  The 34 bed Unit, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2016, will offer specialized acute care to seniors with complex or multiple medical conditions. Comprehensive care in the ACE Unit will be provided by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare and social sciences professionals.

Unique to the region, and only the second of its type in the province, the ACE Unit is modelled after a similar unit at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto.  The model has been shown to result in better outcomes for the frail elderly, and more patients returning home and maintaining their independence.

“On behalf of all our Ottawa employees, we’d like to extend our congratulations to the Queensway Carleton Hospital as it begins construction of its ACE unit.  Thank you for hosting the RBC team and sharing your vision of this first-of-its-kind facility for Eastern Ontario.  At RBC, our collective ambition is to help our clients thrive and to see our communities prosper.  We are honoured to support the Queensway Carleton’s ‘People First and Caring Always’ approach to health care. This important project will provide a new and innovative approach to caring for some of our most vulnerable family members” said Mike Haley, RBC Regional Vice President.

 “At RBC, our collective ambition is to help our clients thrive and to see our communities prosper.  We are honoured to support the Queensway Carleton’s new ACE unit which will provide a new and innovative approach to caring for some of our most vulnerable family members” said Mike Haley, RBC Regional Vice President.

The unit will help meet the healthcare needs of QCH’s rapidly growing, and aging community – which has one of the highest proportions of people over 65 of any hospital catchment area in the country.