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Published on October 22, 2008

Abington Memorial One of
Just Six Hospitals in the U.S.
to Win Magnet Prize

ABINGTON, PA (October 22, 2008) - One of the most prestigious awards in nursing, The Magnet Prize, was awarded to Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH) for its Daily CARE Plan at the National Magnet Conference last week in Salt Lake City, UT. This was the sixth year the award was presented. 

Bestowed to one Magnet hospital each year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet Prize recognizes extraordinary inventions that transform work environments.  This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations and recognizes cutting-edge research, practices, services, technologies, programs or other exemplary innovations with demonstrable positive outcomes.

AMH won for its Daily CARE Plan, a patient information sheet that provides current and relevant information regarding the patient's plan of care, which is distributed each day to patients and their families.  This tool contains daily clinical information about the patient from the hospital's clinical information system. 

"Patients are kept informed about the medications they are receiving, tests and procedures scheduled for the day, and other pertinent information, such as allergies and advance directives," said Barbara Wadsworth, chief nursing officer, AMH.  "Using layperson's language, the Daily CARE Plan encourages the patient to become a partner in their plan of care as the patient accesses and reviews information pertinent to their hospitalization."

"The Daily CARE Plan stood out for its simplicity and transferability," said Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, in the letter announcing the award. "The Daily CARE Plan, when reviewed by a registered nurse, should be a great benefit to patient safety."

In 2002, to further encourage the pursuit of excellence, the ANCC's Board of Directors established the Magnet Prize to be presented to a Magnet-recognized facility whose nursing staff spearheaded exemplary achievements in nursing.  According to the ANCC, attaining Magnet status, by itself, is a significant achievement for an organization.  The Magnet Prize is an additional honor for those organizations that take the 14 Forces of Magnetism to new levels.  Past recipients include the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Nursing, the University of Colorado Hospital and the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and Pitt County Memorial Hospital's Bariatric Nursing Consortium.

Abington Memorial Hospital was the first acute care hospital in the Delaware Valley to earn the Magnet designation in July 2003.  Reaccredidation was granted in May 2008.  The $25,000 prize, sponsored by the Cerner Corporation, a health information technology company, will be used to enhance the Daily CARE Plan, engage patients at a higher level, translate and print the plan in different languages, and work on health literacy.

The Daily CARE Plan was made possible by a grant provided by the hospital's Innovator's Circle Program, an internal foundation designed to support staff with seed money to fund creative solutions to healthcare challenges.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 570-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,000 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopedics and maternal child health.

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