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University Achieves Magnet Status from American Nurses Credentialing Center October 16, 2005

University is a proud recipient of the Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Magnet status is the ANCC's highest honor, and largely considered one of the highest designations that can be received for outstanding achievements in nursing.

"We are extremely honored to have received this recognition," said Marilyn Bowcutt, vice president for Patient Care Services at University. "And even though it is based on nursing, it's a great achievement for University as a whole."

The award is bestowed only after criteria from a book of standards is in place, evidence is gathered to support the claim, a review of written responses is complete and an on-site, four-day visit by a team of Magnet surveyors has taken place.

University was recognized as one of the original Magnet facilities by reputation before the development of the 14 Forces of Magnetism, or the benchmark by which hospitals applying under the credentialed system are judged.

Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.

Being a Magnet hospital means that University's patient care program has been named one of the best in the nation. Research shows that Magnet-designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining quality nurses. High-caliber physicians and specialists are also attracted to hospitals with Magnet status. The Magnet award is to nursing what the Lombardi trophy is to football and the gold medal is to the Olympics.

Magnet is the seal of approval for quality nursing care, according to J. Larry Read, president/CEO of University Health Care System.

"This designation helps patients find health care facilities that have demonstrated a certain standard in patient care," Mr. Read said. "It signifies excellence in nursing, which in turn attracts high-quality physicians and other medical professionals. It's a win-win for everyone."

University Hospital is the only Magnet Hospital in Augusta and one of four in the state of Georgia. Currently one hospital in South Carolina has received Magnet Designation. The exclusive list of Magnet facilities includes The Cleveland Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

  
     
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