Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Ill., again has earned Magnet redesignation for nursing excellence as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, according to a news release. It’s the third time the hospital has achieved Magnet recognition.
About 7% of the nation’s hospitals have met the criteria to earn the Magnet designation, and only 2% of U.S. hospitals have been recognized as a Magnet facility three times, according to the release.
“NCH is honored to achieve Magnet recognition once again for achievements in nursing and patient care,” Kimberly Nagy, MSN. RN, NEA-BC, CNO at NCH, said during an announcement before nurses, nursing leaders, physicians, staff and senior executives. “Our nurses have raised the bar of excellence.” NCH, which employs 1,066 nurses, was first designated as a Magnet organization in 2006, and then again in 2010. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality, according to the release.
The Magnet recognition process culminated with a three-day site visit in late April to review all aspects of NCH’s nursing care. Magnet appraisers met with nurses, physicians, employees, community members, patients and families to determine whether NCH meets the standards for Magnet designation. After the on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviewed the completed appraisal report and voted to determine whether NCH would attain Magnet recognition.
As an organization reapplying for Magnet recognition, NCH provided documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its last recognition, according to the release.
“While the Magnet redesignation recognizes NCH’s nursing excellence, this latest credential could not have been achieved without the commitment of the entire organization,” Nagy said in the release. “Magnet recognition is truly an organization-wide accomplishment.”