Magnet recognition for nursing excellence

Edward-Elmhurst Health is proud to offer nationally-recognized nursing programs. Both Edward and Elmhurst hospitals have earned Magnet® recognition, the ultimate credential for excellence in nursing.

Edward earns Magnet status

Edward became the first hospital serving DuPage and Will counties to earn Magnet recognition in 2005. The hospital, which employs 1,200 nurses, was first re-designated in 2010, and again in 2014. The third designation means Edward is one of only six hospitals in Illinois to have achieved Magnet status three times or more.

“For nurses, it means top honors. It really means that we are committed to knowing and partnering with our patients, with our family members, with our community to make things better for them,” says Patti Ludwig-Beymer, PhD, RN, CTN-A, NEA-BC, CPPS, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Edward Hospital.

“Magnet re-designation means we’re committed to being part of an interdisciplinary team that provides phenomenal care to all patients at all sites at all times. While Magnet says a lot about nursing, it also says so much about the commitment of this organization,” adds Ludwig-Beymer.

Elmhurst earns Magnet status

Elmhurst joined Edward in becoming one of five hospitals in DuPage County to earn the prestigious recognition in 2015. For Elmhurst, which employs 700 nurses, the journey to Magnet recognition began in 2008 with the design of a new replacement hospital, which opened in 2011.

“We’re very proud and excited. There’s a sense of satisfaction by the nursing staff to be recognized for the quality they provide,” said Pamela Dunley, MS, MBA, RN, CENP, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Elmhurst Hospital.

“This is very much a team effort, including nurses, physicians and all other departments in the hospital. The result is a pride in the nursing department and outcomes for our patients,” adds Dunley.

Preceding its Magnet status, the hospital became one of few hospitals in the world to receive Planetree Distinction in 2013, which recognizes the hospital’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of patient-centered care.

About Magnet

Granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet recognition is considered the highest honor a hospital can achieve for its nursing care, and illustrates our commitment to safe, high-quality patient care.

Edward and Elmhurst hospitals are two of only 39 Magnet organizations in Illinois. Of the nation’s 6,000 hospitals, only seven percent (about 420) are recognized as Magnet facilities by the ANCC.