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Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Honor with Magnet® Recognition

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital August 14, 2015

This is the second time Central DuPage Hospital nurses have been honored

WINFIELD, IL – Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) has once again attained Magnet® recognition* by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the hospital’s strong commitment to high quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practices. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“This is a tremendous honor for our nurses and validates their strong dedication to providing our patients with high-quality care,” said Brian Lemon, President, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. “The pride our nurses take in their profession is a benefit to every patient that walks through our doors.”

To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet® will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet® recognition will be granted.

During the redesignation process, the CDH nursing team provided documented evidence demonstrating how Magnet® concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the past four years since the hospital was first designated in 2010. During the redesignation notification call, ANCC noted a number of exemplars which focused on the hospital’s clinical outcome data. These included hospital performance related to stroke education and the prevention of patient falls.

“We are truly honored to have a nursing staff that continuously raises the bar of nursing excellence each and every day,” said Deb O’Donnell, Chief Nursing Executive, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. “It’s because of our nurses that we have been able to create a culture of patient-centered care, allowing us to provide the highest standards of care.”

Magnet® recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. The ANCC reports that only 7 percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet® status.

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