Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., received the 2013 American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Prize.
According to a news release, the award recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices and is given to a single hospital among all ANCC Magnet-designated organizations. The announcement was made at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The winning award application, submitted by LVHNs Center for Professional Excellence, detailed the impact professional nurses make in the health networks Telehealth Services program.
One of the key factors in our selection for the Magnet Prize was how telehealth involves our nurses as care providers and elevates nurses as innovators and leaders in this futuristic type of healthcare, LVHN COO Terry Capuano, RN, said in the release.
Telehealth Services at LVHN has expanded from a single service line started in 2002, the TeleHomecare program, to 15 telehealth services. Nearly all aspects of medicine are encompassed by telehealth, including neurology, emergency, maternal fetal medicine, wound care, infectious diseases and mental health services, among others.
In the last year, LVHN telehealth services served more than 17,000 patients. In many cases, patients were able to remain in their home communities.
Throughout the health network, nurses contribute ideas to bring telehealth services to patients.
Our nurses are at the bedside educating patients about telehealth, Anne Panik, RN, senior vice president of patient care services, said in the release. They are presenting cases to physicians and nurse practitioners through video conference technology. They are participating in ongoing work groups to help these programs evolve. At the heart of it all, our nurses are focused on improving patient care and the patient experience and telehealth is an increasingly important part of that care.
LVHN has been an ANCC Magnet-credentialed hospital network since 2002.
Having LVHN recognized by the ANCC as the Magnet Prize recipient is an honor we share with all of our nurses and colleagues, Panik said in the release. We can all feel proud of this accomplishment, and feel energized to lead the way to the next level of patient care.