Cincinnati Children’s Achieves National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Thursday, February 19, 2009

magnet2It’s one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital or medical center can achieve. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has achieved Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

“What matters most about this recognition is that the kids win again,” says Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE senior vice president, patient services. Outstanding care provided by highly skilled and caring staff -- that's what we're all about and what Magnet recognizes.”

Cincinnati Children's made many improvements to its outcomes as it sought Magnet status, including:

  • Establishing a pressure ulcer prevention team and attaining a pressure ulcer incident rate at or below the national average
  • Enhancing its shared governance structure
  • Further increasing transparency
  • Increasing employee satisfaction
  • Developing and implementing a consistent nurse practice model of care for all care settings

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program
  • Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility

Of 5,708 hospitals in the United States, only 6 percent have achieved status as a Magnet Recognition Program. These hospitals have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, improved patient and employee safety and higher patient and staff satisfaction.

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. Cincinnati Children’s Magnet status is valid for four years.

The Magnet Recognition Program® and ANCC Magnet Recognition® names and logos are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet™, Journey to Magnet Excellence™, and National Magnet Conference™ are trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of America’s top three children’s hospitals for general pediatrics and is highly ranked for its expertise in digestive diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, neonatal care, heart care and neurosurgery, according to the annual ranking of best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. One of the three largest children’s hospitals in the US, Cincinnati Children’s is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

For its achievements in transforming healthcare, Cincinnati Children's is one of six US hospitals since 2002 to be awarded the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize ® for leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. The hospital is a national and international referral center for complex cases, so that children with the most difficult-to-treat diseases and conditions receive the most advanced care leading to better outcomes.

Contact Information

Jim Feuer, 513-636-4656, jim.feuer@cchmc.org