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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Honor with Magnet® Recognition

Northwestern Memorial Hospital August 31, 2015

For the third time, hospital joins elite group recognized for nursing excellence

CHICAGO, ILNorthwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) has once again achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The Magnet recognition is a testament to the hospital’s strong commitment to high-quality patient care and nursing excellence and innovation.

“We are so proud to once again be recognized as a Magnet organization,” said Kristin Ramsey, MSN, MPPM, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president and Wood-Prince Family Chief Nurse Executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “We did this as a team and this is a reflection of every caregiver at the hospital. Everybody contributed to this recognition, and I thank all of our nurses for their hard work and commitment to our patients and their families.”

NMH first achieved Magnet recognition in 2006. On the initial application, 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 NMH 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 last designated in 2010. During the redesignation notification call in August 2015, ANCC singled out a number of specific examples of nursing practice excellence in the hospital, including data specific to quick treatment of acute myocardial infarctions as well as exceptionally fast door-to-balloon times, a measurement of the time a patient spends before receiving a needed percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), an emergency treatment for the most deadly form of heart attack.

“Our nurses are an amazing team of caregivers,” said Barbara Holmes Gobel, MS, RN, AOCN, director of professional practice and development and magnet program director at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Because of them and the enthusiasm, innovation and commitment they bring to their jobs every day, we are able to provide the highest standard of care. We are truly honored by this recognition.”

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

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