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Arnold Palmer Medical Center achieves Magnet designation and welcomes 100,000th baby


Baby boy Hridaya Raj is the 100,000th baby born at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. His parents, Harish and Denika, named him for the Sanskrit word for “heart.”

Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, Fla., which comprises Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, has achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“We’re very excited to receive Magnet designation and extremely proud of the work our nurses have done to reach this level,” Louise Kaigle, Arnold Palmer Medical Center’s CNO, said in a news release. “The Magnet designation means our team has committed to being among the best in providing quality patient care and nurturing a work environment built on superior collaboration, professionalism and clinical excellence.”

The medical center, which submitted an application to the ANCC in October 2011, received high marks during the Magnet review process for exceeding set goals for national specialty certification (35%) and BSN degrees (50%) among direct-care nurses; nursing leadership development and mentoring programs; retention and longevity of nurse leaders that have been promoted from within the organization; and quality indicators such as pressure ulcers, infection rates, and pain management, among other benchmarks.

Also, Hridaya Raj was the 100,000th baby born at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Parents Harish Raj Kumar and Denika Raj welcomed the 7-pound, 6-ounce baby boy on Sept. 19. Hridaya’s name means “heart” in Sanskrit, according to a news release. The birth marks a milestone for Winnie Palmer Hospital, which opened in May 2006. More than 13,000 babies are expected to be born there every year.


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