Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., has achieved designation for the third time as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, according to a news release. The hospital, which employs 1,200 nurses, originally was recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2005 and was first redesignated in 2010.
The redesignation means Edward is one of six hospitals in Illinois to have achieved Magnet status three times or more. Edward is one of three hospitals in DuPage County and the only one serving Will County to have earned the prestigious designation. There are 38 Magnet organizations in Illinois. Of the nations 6,000 hospitals, 7% are recognized as Magnet facilities by the ANCC, according to the release.
With an audience of Edward nurses, nursing leaders and senior executives in the Edward Hospital Education Center Auditorium, Deborah Zimmerman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chairwoman of the Commission on Magnet Recognition, made the redesignation announcement during a conference call on Dec. 19. Listening in on the call were Magnet appraisers who visited Edward in October.
For nurses, it means top honors, Patti Ludwig-Beymer, PhD, RN, CTN-A, NEA-BC, CPPS, FAAN, vice president and CNO of Edward Hospital, said the release. It really means that we are committed to knowing and partnering with our patients, with our family members, with our community to make things better for them. Magnet redesignation means were committed to being part of an interdisciplinary team that provides phenomenal care to all patients at all sites at all times. While Magnet says a lot about nursing, it also says so much about the commitment of this organization.
To Magnet achieve designation, Edward submitted nearly 3,200 pages of written documentation, required as part of a rigorous process that also included a three-day site visit by Magnet appraisers in October to review all aspects of Edwards nursing care, according to the release.