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‘Most Wired Hospitals’ for 2010 Named

The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking study, conducted annually by Hospitals and Health Networks, has named the “Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” for 2010. The survey recognizes organizations for their achievements in four focus areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and the care continuum. To read a full list of regional winners, visit

‘Best Places to Work’ Released for 2010

Modern Healthcare has released its list of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2010. The ranked order of the facilities was revealed during an Oct. 18 banquet. To read a full list of regional winners online, visit

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McKee Medical Center Installs HUGS System

Nurses at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo., rely on security measures to keep patients in the pediatric unit safe. The HUGS security system consists of a monitoring device and bracelets worn by patients 8 and younger as well as by older children in special circumstances. “This is just another way to keep children safe,” said unit nursing director Donlyn Smillie, RN, BSN, NHA. In addition to using HUGS, nurses photograph each pediatric patient and the patient’s parent or caregiver as an added level of security.

Colorado Decision Favors Nurse Anesthesists

Colorado will opt out of a federal Medicare rule that requires physician supervision in rural hospitals for certified registered nurse anesthetists, Gov. Bill Ritter announced. The decision, applauded by the Colorado Hospital Association, allows CRNAs to practice in rural and critical access hospitals without direct physician supervision under rules developed by each facility in consultation with the medical staff. “By allowing rural and critical access hospitals to determine the anesthesia arrangements that best meet the needs of the individual facilities, communities and the patients they serve, rural hospitals across the state now have the necessary flexibility to continue providing access to safe and affordable healthcare,” CHA President and CEO Steven Summer said. About 15 other states have opted out of the Medicare rule since doing so became an option in 2001.

St. Luke’s Awarded for ‘Spirit of Women’ Campaign

St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., received a gold 2010 Aster Award for its “Spirit of Women” TV and website campaign. The winning campaign includes a 30-second commercial featuring four women, St. Luke’s patients, who took action for their health and improved their overall quality of life. To view the commercial and the online videos, visit “Through St. Luke’s Spirit of Women initiative, we have the incredible opportunity to enable women in our community to improve the quality of their lives and ultimately the lives of their entire families,” said Jan Hess, St. Luke’s Hospital vice president. “Receiving this award is icing on the cake.”

Donation Supports Advanced Practice RNs

Madison-based University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics received a $1,000 donation by Eloquest Healthcare to help fund educational opportunities for advanced practice nurses. “Advanced practice nurses play a crucial and expanding role in caring for our patients in both hospital and clinic settings,” Senior VP of Patient Care Services and CNO Maureen P. McCausland, RN, DNSc, FAAN, said in a news release. “We are very grateful for this gift to support opportunities for their continuing education and development.”

Cleveland Clinic Receives 2010 Magnet Honors

The American Nurses Credentialing Center named Cleveland Clinic one of two winners of the 2010 Magnet Honors at the National Magnet Conference in Phoenix. The Magnet Honors recognize two organizations with programs in which innovative action transforms nursing practice. The winning entry highlighted the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative, a partnership in which the Cleveland Clinic Health System, 14 schools of nursing in northeast Ohio and three other healthcare facilities in Northeast Ohio work together to address the threatening nursing shortage. The core of the program includes an online database/faculty allocation tool that matches nurses with open positions in the schools of nursing. More than 350 nurses have entered profiles into the DRT database, and more than 100 open faculty positions have been filled. “We are honored to accept the Magnet Honors prize for our Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative,” said Joan Kavanaugh, RN, MSN, associate CNO of CCHS.


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