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Good Samaritan Hospital again achieves nursing excellence recognition

Wednesday May 21, 2014
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Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence for the second time, hospital officials announced recently.

The hospital was re-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes excellence in nursing through a voluntary credentialing program. Hospitals must apply for redesignation every four years. Good Samaritan Hospital was first recognized in 2009.

“This is truly a prestigious honor,” Marjorie Maurer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, who serves as CNE at Good Samaritan Hospital, said in a news release. “And while it is a recognition of excellence in nursing, it could not happen without the full support and collaboration of the entire healthcare team.”

Magnet recognition is achieved by 7% of hospitals nationwide, according to the release. An organization seeking to reapply must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its initial recognition.

Good Samaritan Hospital received Magnet redesignation after a rigorous, two-year evaluation process that included an extensive application, interviews and a three-day, on-site survey by appraisers.

The hospital was recognized as exemplary in three specific areas: patient safety, nurse engagement and patient satisfaction.

“The Magnet designation represents validation of our great health outcomes, safety, patient experience and physician collaboration that exits within Good Samaritan,” Dave Fox, hospital president, said in the release.

Deborah Zimmerman, RN, MS, DNP, NEA-BC, chairwoman of the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program, said in the release that Good Samaritan Hospital was “a role model for other Magnet organizations.”


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