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Thursday, 26 December 2013 15:22

PEORIA - OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois have been designated a Magnet hospital for the third time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services.

“You are part of an elite group,” said Linda Lewis, Director, Magnet Recognition Program®, during a congratulatory phone call to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center staff. “There are only 397 Magnet credentialed organizations in the world and only 66 have earned three designations or more and you are one of them!”

The Magnet designation is valid for four (4) years. During the extensive re-designation process documents must first be submitted and accepted by the ANCC. OSF Saint Francis’ were accepted on first submission, followed by a nearly week-long site visit by a Magnet Recognition credentialing team which clarifies and verifies the information. The team then amplifies what is submitted – seeing what an organization does even better than indicated in initial documents.

The OSF Saint Francis team was specifically recognized for exceptional care in three areas:

1. Focusing on a culture of patient safety by proactively monitoring patients for potential safety issues. An early warning score assessment tool was piloted through an active nursing research project and continues to help improve patient outcomes. “This outclasses everyone else,” acknowledged Lewis in her remarks.

The patient fall reduction program and efforts to reduce HAPU (Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers) below 1% also received high praise from the credentialing team. Said Lewis: “(OSF Saint Francis) is so far ahead of other organizations in the country.”

2. Transformational leadership. Highlighted were efforts that lowered hospital readmission rates and the Meds to the Bedside initiative.

3. Nurse satisfaction and engagement. The OSF Saint Francis team was recognized for outperforming its national benchmark in all ten indicators for proactively engaging nurses to make the organization better. The indicators include nurse-to-nurse relationships, nurse-to-physician relationships, decision making, professional development, and autonomy.

“This is an incredible nursing team, an incredible interdisciplinary team,” said Kelly Nimtz-Rusch, MSN, RN, NEA-BC,

Interim Chief Nursing Officer, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. “Magnet re-designation and everything that goes into it doesn’t just happen, it’s a Mission the entire staff lives every day. Every department gets credit for this accomplishment.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care, recognizing excellence and professionalism in nursing with designated facilities maintaining rigorous standards. Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 15:24
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