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Published on May 20, 2008

Abington Memorial Hospital Earn's Magnet Re-Designation for Nursing Excellence

ABINGTON, PA (May 20, 2008) - Abington Memorial Hospital's nursing service has received Magnet re-designation (second time in a row), which is one of the nation's highest forms of recognition for nursing excellence. Only 13 other hospitals in the State of Pennsylvania and just five percent of hospitals nationwide (289) have received this four-year accreditation that will be effective until 2012.

"Receiving this re-designation means that Abington Memorial Hospital has stretched to meet even more stringent, detailed standards of patient care and nursing practice," says Barbara Wadsworth, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Services.  "Magnet is a wonderful tribute to our nursing staff, but it is also a reflection of the commitment to excellence of our entire hospital family.  Re-designation means that our patients and their families can be confident that our hospital provides high quality patient care and continues to support a professional environment for our nurses while challenging them to do their best."

Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Magnet designation recognizes quality patient care and exemplary nursing leadership. The application process involves a voluntary peer review whereby a team of registered nurses with experience in quality indicators, nursing administration and nursing care appraises a hospital's nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery.

"This is very exciting for Abington Memorial Hospital," says Richard L. Jones, Jr., president and chief executive officer. "Magnet is the most prestigious honor a healthcare organization can receive, and our nurses worked very hard in achieving this re-designation. We want to recognize all of them for contributing to this major accomplishment."

Abington Memorial Hospital's Department of Nursing is comprised of over 1800 nursing care staff.  Many nurses were directly involved in the achievement of Magnet designation through their participation in work groups that identified data for the application.  Others had assignments as unit representatives to present information about their unit to surveyors.  A large number were interviewed within various interest groups.

"Abington's physicians feel honored to be working side-by-side with our nurses," says John J. Kelly, M.D., chief of staff and chief patient safety officer. "Their commitment to our patients and our institution is unwavering, and we are very proud of everyone for their hard work as exemplified by the achievement of re-designation."

Established in 1993, the Magnet Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services is the highest level of recognition by the ANCC available to facilities that provide excellent nursing care. 

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 570-bed, non-profit, teaching hospital providing health care to residents in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.  A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and was the first acute care hospital in the Philadelphia area to receive the Magnet designation.  Abington offers highly specialized services in cancer care, maternal child health, cardiac care, orthopaedics and neurosurgery.

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