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Children's Hospital of Michigan Awarded Prestigious Magnet Status

Children's Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the state to receive designation

DETROIT, April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. Recognized as one of the highest distinctions a hospital can receive, only 288 or less than five percent of all U.S. hospitals have achieved this status. The designation is valid for four years.

"This is an outstanding achievement for Children's Hospital of Michigan," says Herman Gray, M.D., president, Children's Hospital of Michigan. "Magnet status is awarded only to hospitals that exceed professional standards in nursing practice, leadership, education and research, and are able to document them. So this is truly a momentous achievement in the long and storied history of Children's Hospital."

"The designation is public recognition that Children's provides quality patient care, promotes nursing excellence, and encourages innovations in professional nursing practice. It is considered the gold standard in nursing and is the highest level of recognition possible from the ANCC," said Rhonda Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, vice president of patient care services at Children's Hospital. "We've always known that our nurses are among the best in the country, this designation simply affirms their work and dedication to patient care."

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services.

Children's began the Magnet application process in March 2006. After submitting 168 sources of evidence compiled to verify the nursing staff's excellence in 14 Forces of Magnetism in nursing practice and leadership, the hospital hosted representatives from the ANCC for a rigorous, multi-faceted onsite visit over three days in January. During the visit, the representatives personally observed nursing practice and performance, and spoke to nurses, physicians, board members and community stakeholders.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

-- Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.

-- Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.

-- Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

The ANCC is largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. Children's Hospital of Michigan's magnet status is valid for four years.

Founded 120 years ago, the Children's Hospital of Michigan is the first and only hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America's best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children's Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility. Children's Hospital of Michigan is one of nine hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Health care Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock.

SOURCE DMC Children?s Hospital of Michigan
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