Only Health System in Illinois with Magnet Recognition

3/17/2010 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) announced today it received Magnet recognition and is the only organization in Illinois to receive this prestigious designation as a system.The award, given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care.  

“Achieving this high honor is a testament to our nurses’ dedication to patients and their commitment to excellence,” said Mark Neaman, NorthShore’s President and CEO. “Not only is every patient the primary recipient of their exemplary care, the entire NorthShore team benefits from having such committed, talented and compassionate nurses that make our hospitals the best place to receive care.”   

The Magnet recognition, the highest honor in nursing, serves as a benchmark for patients to measure the safety and quality of care they can expect to receive. Only six percent of hospitals across the country have achieved this extraordinary recognition. 

“We are thrilled to be awarded Magnet status as it validates what we do across our system at all four hospitals and Home Health every day—provide our patients with the highest quality care leading  to better outcomes and patient satisfaction,” said Nancy T. Semerdjian, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NorthShore’s Chief Nursing Officer. “This award tells our patients that the nurses taking care of them are the absolute best.”   

According to ANCC, research shows a Magnet hospital has a positive impact on both its patients and the community. Magnet-designated facilities outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses which results in positive patient outcomes, shorter lengths of stay and increased stability in patient care. Magnet status attracts high caliber nurses and physicians and specialists. Studies also show that health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a Magnet hospital.  

In evaluating NorthShore, the ANCC vigorously reviewed its patient safety initiatives, clinical outcomes and standards of patient care. The evaluation process lasted for more than two years and included a four-day site visit and extensive interviews across the system.  

“Magnet is not just about the great care our nurses provide. This award also recognizes our colleagues across every discipline who work collaboratively to offer the best care every day to every patient,” said Semerdjian.

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