From left, Vanguard MacNeal RNs Angela Skalla, executive director, home health; Debra Albert, CNO; Deborah Robbins, clinical coordinator, critical care and staff nurse president; and Susan Morby, vice president, nursing professional practice, are all smiles after the hospital’s Magnet announcement.
Vanguard MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill., has become the 33rd hospital in Illinois to achieve Magnet recognition for its nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
MacNeal learned of the honor Jan. 18 during a telephone call from ANCC officials in Silver Spring, Md., helping Illinois remain as the state with the most Magnet facilities in the country.
“Achieving Magnet status is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence in nursing and all areas of the hospital,” CNO Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, said in a news release. “It also speaks to the power of collaborative teamwork. It truly takes the dedication of everyone within the organization to achieve this level of recognition.”
More than 300 nurses, physicians, MacNeal employees and members of Vanguard Health senior management celebrated the Jan. 18 announcement at an event in the hospital’s lobby. The phone call from ANCC was broadcast throughout the lobby and ignited a joyous celebration.
“We even got non-alcoholic champagne to pass out,” Sue Murphy, RN, BSN, MS, MacNeal’s executive director of professional practice, told Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum. “It’s a sense of such accomplishment and pride that you almost can’t even put it into words.”
Murphy said the honor goes beyond nursing.
“What MacNeal has done very well is incorporated everyone in the organization, not just the nursing profession,” she said.
That approach even played out at the Magnet announcement, where nurses celebrated with dietary staff and physicians enjoyed the moment with housekeeping staff, Murphy said.
MacNeal, a 427-bed facility, is part of Vanguard Health Chicago, whose healthcare facilities also include Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park.