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Children's Hospital of Michigan Awarded Prestigious Magnet Status
Date:4/17/2008

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 h
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