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ROPH achieves Magnet designation

Distinction puts hospital in elite national group

(OAK PARK, IL) Rush Oak Park Hospital earned Magnet designation, the most prestigious honor a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. 

Only 7 percent of the 5,700 hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet status, and Rush Oak Park Hospital is one of only 54 hospitals with between 200 and 300 beds to earn this designation.

“Being one of only a few dozen hospitals our size in the world to achieve Magnet status is a tremendous honor for our nurses and a clear message to our community,” says Bruce Elegant, Rush Oak Park Hospital’s president and CEO.

“Evidence shows that Magnet hospitals have shorter lengths of patient stay, higher patient satisfaction rates and lower mortality rates,” Elegant adds. “As more consumers compare quality of care, the Magnet badge of honor lets them know that they can expect unparalleled service and care at Rush Oak Park Hospital.” 

Magnet designation recognizes Rush Oak Park Hospital’s nursing staff for overall excellence. “Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes,” according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an independently governed organization within the American Nurses Association that grants Magnet status. “Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction.”

In addition, Rush Oak Park Hospital was recognized as an "exemplar" for an especially effective clinical nurse leader program and inter-professional collaboration, and for surpassing patient satisfaction and nurse engagement benchmarks.

To earn Magnet status, organizations undergo a vigorous, months-long evaluation. The Magnet team evaluated Rush Oak Park Hospital’s nursing with regard to quality patient outcomes; innovative, patient-focused initiatives; nursing and interdisciplinary efforts to improve patient safety; work and patient care environments; how clinical nurses are involved in decision making; professional development of the nursing staff; and efforts to reduce turnover. The review also included patient complaints, references and community perspectives. 

Receiving Magnet status demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to providing outstanding patient care, according to Karen Mayer, MSN, MHA, FACHE, Rush Oak Park Hospital’s vice president of patient care services. “We’re so pleased that our nurses are regarded as the best in their field,” she says. “It takes world-class nurses to deliver world-class care.”

“With such a designation our nurses can take pride in the outstanding work they do and know that they are making a significant impact,” says Rachel Start, RN, MSN, director of the hospital’s Magnet Program. “This is a badge of honor and much deserved by our exceptional nursing staff.”

The concept of a “Magnet” hospital for nursing services was initially developed in the 1980s. It refers to institutions that attract and retain highly skilled nurses and foster an environment that promotes quality patient care. Magnet status lasts four years. 

In January, Rush Oak Park Hospital's partner, Rush University Medical Center, received Magnet status for the fourth consecutive time.

Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Magnet designation follows its national award last autumn by the American College of Surgeons for quality surgical care.