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Sharp Memorial Hospital Achieves Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

San Diego hospital one of 5 percent in the nation to receive "Magnet Designation"

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Sharp Memorial Hospital prestigious Magnet designation for its excellence in nursing practices and quality patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program(R) is the highest level of honor awarded by the ANCC and is accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence.

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To earn Magnet status, an organization must apply to the ANCC and undergo a rigorous and multifaceted evaluation, which includes a site visit. Currently, Sharp Memorial is one of only 12 hospitals in California and among less than 5 percent of hospitals nationally that have received this recognition.

"Sharp Memorial supports and values nursing excellence, and Magnet recognition has been a goal of ours for several years," said Jennifer Jacoby, Chief Nursing Officer of Sharp Memorial Hospital. "Reaching this goal has required teamwork and collaboration among all disciplines. It demonstrates Sharp's dedication to being the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care."

Included in Sharp Memorial Hospital's designation is Sharp Cabrillo Skilled Nursing Facility in Point Loma. The designation makes Sharp Cabrillo only the second skilled nursing center in the nation to receive the distinction.

In order to successfully obtain the designation, 100 Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Cabrillo nurses and staff wrote more than 3,000 pages of evidence over seven months, illustrating how the hospital values its nurses, provides opportunity for growth, and delivers high-quality care for its patients.

Independently sponsored research shows that Magnet hospitals have a lower incidence of needle-stick injuries; enjoy increased nurse retention and recruitment rates; and report higher rates of job satisfaction among nurses.

"Nurses seek employment at Magnet-designated hospitals because they know that patient care is a top priority for the organization," said Tim Smith, CEO of Sharp Memorial Hospital. "This designation provides us an excellent tool for nationally recruiting and retaining the best nurses in this time of a nursing shortage."

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence in nursing management, philosophy and practices; adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care; leadership of the nurse administrator in supporting professional development of every nurse for continued growth and development; and incorporating cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their family.

Sharp Memorial Hospital has been serving the San Diego community for more than 50 years. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and trauma care; cardiac care; surgery; stroke care; orthopaedics; and rehabilitation, and will open a new patient care tower in fall 2008. To learn more about Sharp Memorial Hospital, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277). For employment opportunities for registered nurses, please contact Grace Ullum, R.N., retention and recruitment liaison, at (858) 939-3783. For more information about the ANCC or the Magnet Recognition Program, visit

Sharp HealthCare, who was recently named one of five organizations to receive the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is the first health care system in California to have two of its hospitals Magnet-designated. Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa received designation in 2006.

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