Children's Memorial Hospital Earns Third National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services has once again designated Children’s Memorial Hospital as a Magnet hospital. Children’s Memorial, which has been a Magnet hospital since 2001, is the first free-standing children’s hospital in the country and the first hospital in Illinois to achieve a third designation. More here about the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

“This becomes even more of a testament to the dedication and talent of our nurses when you think that only 6 percent of hospitals have achieved Magnet designation and less than 1 percent of these hospitals have been able to maintain Magnet designation three or more times,” said Michelle Stephenson, Chief Nurse Executive at Children's Memorial, who leads the hospital’s 1100 nurses. “This third designation signifies how fully imbedded the Magnet principles are in the culture of this institution, and underscores the commitment of our entire staff to continually strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing.  Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses. “Magnet designation signifies that we are providing the very best nursing care to our patients,” says Stephenson. “It raised the bar on patient care and inspires all of us – nurses, physicians, professional and support staff – to strive to be even better.  That’s what enabled us to become a Magnet facility in the first place. That’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today."

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 149,000 children each year.

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