Elmhurst (Ill.) Hospital, a 259-bed facility in the Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare system, has achieved recognition as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, according to a news release.
Elmhurst, which employs 700 nurses, is one of five hospitals in DuPage County and 39 in Illinois to have earned Magnet recognition. Of the nation’s 6,000 hospitals, only about 7% are recognized as Magnet facilities by the ANCC.
“This is the most prestigious recognition our nurses can receive, so we’re very honored to have achieved Magnet status,” Mary Lou Mastro, CEO, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, said in the release. “It’s a confirmation for our patients and the community that our nurses, physicians and staff are working together to create the optimal healing environment at Elmhurst Hospital.”
Elmhurst’s seven-year journey to Magnet recognition began in 2008 with the design of and move into a new replacement hospital in 2011.
The rigorous Magnet recognition process culminated with a three-day site visit, from March 30-April 1, to review all aspects of Elmhurst’s nursing care. During that time, Magnet appraisers met with nurses, physicians, employees, community members, patients and families to determine whether Elmhurst meets the standards for Magnet designation, according to the release.
“We’re very proud and excited,” Pamela Dunley, MS, MBA, RN, CENP, vice president, COO/CNO, Elmhurst Hospital, said in the release. “There’s a sense of satisfaction by the nursing staff to be recognized for the quality of care they provide. This is very much a team effort, including nurses, physicians and all other departments in the hospital.”