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University re-designated as Magnet Hospital
by American Nurses Credentialing Center

AUGUSTA, GA. (May 28, 2010) -  University Hospital has been re-designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) after a rigorous review and certification process.

The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services is considered one of the highest honors that can be received for outstanding achievement in nursing.

"We are extremely honored to be called a Magnet hospital," said Marilyn Bowcutt, senior vice president and chief operating officer at University Hospital. "This award not only means that University has great nurses, but it means we have a great team - an entire hospital working together every day to provide the best care for our patients."

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care.  The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing.  Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation.  To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital's resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses. Magnet is the seal of approval for quality nursing care, according to James Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System.

"I am very proud of our fantastic nursing staff," Mr. Davis said. "This is a great day not only for our organization but also for our community, which really benefits from having access to the top tier of nursing care offered by University Hospital."

University Hospital is the only Magnet Hospital in Augusta and one of only five in the state of Georgia and 372 world-wide.

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