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Earlier today, CHOP received “Magnet®” designation for the fourth time. Since 2004, CHOP has been recognized as Magnet® — a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that recognizes organizations that provide the highest-quality care. Fewer than 8.5 percent of U.S. hospitals earn Magnet® recognition, and less than 1 percent have received it four or more times.
CHOP was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2004 and was the first pediatric hospital in Pennsylvania to receive Magnet status. "We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment," says Paula Agosto, RN, MHA, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. "CHOP is dedicated to creating breakthroughs and providing our patients with the highest-quality care. This designation confirms our success in this endeavor."
The Magnet appraisers made the decision to redesignate CHOP after reviewing 88 examples of how CHOP met Magnet requirements in approximately 250 pages of outcomes data. They also spoke to more than 500 nurses, physicians, advanced practice providers, and other staff, as well as patients and families, during a three-day visit to CHOP in December. The appraisers visited the Main Campus, our Specialty Care and Surgery Centers in King of Prussia and Voorhees, our primary care practice in Gibbsboro, and the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center. At each location, they spoke very highly of our teams, praising our commitment to transparency, professional development, shared decision-making, and high-quality clinical care.
Magnet recognition the gold standard for nursing excellence
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.
In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, the ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 564-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents.
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care.
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