Rush Oak Park Hospital achieves highest honor

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Rush Oak Park Hospital has achieved Magnet designation, the most prestigious distinctions a healthcare organization can receive for nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) grants this designation to hospitals displaying the highest quality of patient care and nursing excellence. Of the nation’s 5,700 hospitals, only seven percent have achieved this status. Rush Oak Park Hospital also becomes one of 54 similarly-sized hospitals to reach Magnet designation throughout the world.

Achieving Magnet status is a rigorous task that requires months-long evaluation. “Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes,” according to the ANCC. “Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality, and patient satisfaction.” Patient complaints, references, and community perspectives are only a few of the many evaluations Rush Oak Park Hospital had to undergo.

The hospital’s Vice President of Patient Services, Karen Mayer, talked about the type of commitment their organization has when it comes to patient care. “It shows that we practice what we preach about providing outstanding care to our patients,” she said. “We’re so pleased that our nurses are regarded as the best in their field. It takes world-class nurses to deliver world-class care.” Rush Oak Park Hospital President and CEO, Bruce Elegant, spoke about the achievement as well. “Being one of only a few dozen hospitals our size in the world to achieve Magnet status is a tremendous honor for our nurses and a clear message to our community,” he said.

The Magnet award for nursing excellence follows last Fall’s national award by the American College of Surgeons for quality surgical care.

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