Elmhurst Hospital earns redesignation from Magnet for nursing excellence

December 07, 2020
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For the second time, Elmhurst Hospital has achieved designation as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Elmhurst Hospital, which employs nearly 1,000 nurses, was originally recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2015. Magnet is considered the highest honor a hospital can achieve for its nursing care.

With an audience of Elmhurst Hospital nurses, nursing leaders and senior executives listening via a conference call on Nov. 23, Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program, made the official announcement.

“It’s my absolute honor and privilege to officially notify you that the Commission on Magnet has unanimously voted to credential Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as a Magnet organization, said Ives Erickson. “This is a real accomplishment and a testament not only to your commitment to nursing excellence but also acknowledges the hard work everybody is doing on behalf of patients and families and keeping each other safe during these challenging times.”

Elmhurst Hospital was recognized by the ANCC with five exemplars in Exemplary Professional Practice for outperforming the benchmark and comparison cohort in Nurse Satisfaction, Ambulatory Falls with Injury, Median Time to PCI for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (inserting a stent to treat a heart attack), Safety and Service Recovery.

“It’s one thing to raise everybody up to get excited about Magnet the first time, it’s another thing to sustain,” said Pamela Dunley, MBA, MS, RN, CENP, President & CEO, Elmhurst Hospital. “We have the best nursing staff, I believe, in the country.”

“I would like to thank the entire nursing staff, nursing leaders, educators and senior leaders for their commitment,” said Jean Lydon, MS, MBA, RN, System Vice President, Operations and Chief Nursing Officer. “It is a commitment to patients and families, it’s a commitment to each other and it’s a commitment to the nursing profession.”

There are 40 Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations in Illinois. Of the nation’s 6,100 hospitals, only 542 (about 9 percent) are designated as Magnet facilities by the ANCC.

The rigorous Magnet recognition process culminated with a three-day virtual site visit, Sept. 23-25, in which surveyors reviewed all aspects of Elmhurst Hospital’s nursing care. During that time, Magnet surveyors virtually visited units/departments throughout the hospital and spoke with day and night shift nurses, nursing leadership teams, physicians, and board and community members. They also met with Elmhurst Hospital’s shared governance councils and multiple committees, such as Ethics, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Patient Experience and Nursing Education.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction, lower risk of 30-day mortality, reduced readmission rates, fewer complications and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

Elmhurst Hospital is part of Edward-Elmhurst Health, a system that includes Edward Hospital, which has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence four times – 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2019.

For more information about nursing at Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals, and Magnet status for both hospitals, visit www.eehealth.org/nursing. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.