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AUB Medical Center Designated First 'Magnet' Facility in the Middle East
Date:6/23/2009

BEIRUT and NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program(R) awarded the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) its prestigious Magnet designation on June 23, 2009. The Magnet program recognizes nursing excellence "in the delivery of care to patients, promoting quality health care services in an environment that supports professional nursing practice, and providing a mechanism for the dissemination of best practices in nursing services." AUBMC is the first healthcare institution in the Middle East and the third in the world outside the United States to receive this award. Magnet recognized organizations set the global standard for professional nursing care and innovative health care reform that fully meet the needs of patients, families, and communities. Only five percent of all US hospitals are Magnet recognized.

"This is an extraordinary achievement that attests to the dramatic changes that have taken place at the AUB Medical Center in recent years, particularly related to nursing services," said VP for Medical Affairs and Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nadim Cortas. "Having Magnet status recognizes the first rate care we provide our patients today and is a sign of our dedication to offer the best nursing services in the region in the future."

Assistant Hospital Director for Patient Care Services Gladys Mouro, who spearheaded the six-year effort to secure Magnet recognition explains, "I decided to embark on the Magnet journey the moment I recognized that it would raise the bar of quality to a level of excellence for our patients who deserve the very best."

The decision to apply for Magnet status in 2003 marked both the culmination of a long process to rebuild nursing services at the hospital after the 15-year Lebanese civil war and the beginning of an ambitious campaign to transform
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