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Columbus Children's Hospital Achieves Highest Honor For Excellence in Nursing

"Magnet Recognition" Awarded to First Freestanding Children's Hospital in Ohio by American Nurses Association Credentialing Center

COLUMBUS, OH - 4/6/2005
Columbus Children’s Hospital has become the first freestanding children’s hospital in Ohio to receive “Magnet Recognition” by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) of the American Nurses Association – the highest honor for excellence in nursing.

Magnet Recognition, so named because these hospitals attract and retain the best nursing professionals, has been earned by only 145 hospitals and only eight of 250 children’s hospitals in the U.S.  This recognition program recognizes health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice.  It certifies that a hospital meets more than 60 criteria resulting in excellent patient outcomes and an optimal staff work environment. 

 “This designation recognizes what we have always known about our nurses and the excellence in patient care they provide,” said Thomas Hansen, M.D., Children’s C.E.O. and chairman, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.  “Independent research indicates that Magnet Recognition hospitals exhibit improved nurse-to-patient ratios, increased levels of patient satisfaction, reduced mortality and morbidity rates and significantly higher educational preparation of the registered nurse workforce.”

Magnet designation assists consumers, nursing recruits, physicians and other health care professionals in locating health care organizations that have a proven level of excellence.  This recognition is awarded only after a rigorous application process and a comprehensive three-day site visit, culminating in a review of the final report by an ANCC panel.     

“Although Magnet Recognition is a national nursing designation, all of our staff, physicians and volunteers played an important role in helping Columbus Children’s achieve this prestigious honor,” said Linda Stoverock, R.N., Children’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer.  “A basic premise of Magnet is a climate that reinforces collaborative working relationships.  The ANCC reviewers take into consideration collaboration between nurses, physicians and allied health professionals.  This is a significant external validation for the excellent patient care and teamwork that occurs here at Columbus Children’s.”

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