Rush University Medical Center has received renewal of its Magnet status, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence. The designation recognizes Rush nursing staff for overall excellence and for providing the very best care to patients. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program first awarded Rush the four-year Magnet designation in 2002.
Fewer than 50 hospitals in the United States have received Magnet designation twice.
Hospitals that receive Magnet status are noteworthy for their excellence and innovation in nursing, and evidence suggests that organizations with these characteristics deliver better patient outcomes than non-Magnet organizations. Independent studies of Magnet hospitals have shown that they have shorter lengths of patient stays, higher rates of patient satisfaction, increased time spent with patients, lower patient mortality rates, and increased nurse retention rates.
"Receiving Magnet designation again is a testament that our nursing staff continues to provide the very best care to our patients," said Dr. Larry Goodman, president and CEO of Rush. "On behalf of everyone at the medical center, we congratulate the nursing staff on this tremendous achievement and thank them for the hard work they've done to earn it."
To earn Magnet status, organizations undergo a vigorous, multi-faceted evaluation. The Magnet appraisal team interviewed more than 350 members of the Rush staff and visited 37 locations, including all nursing units, during a site visit held from April 3 to 6.
The team evaluated Rush's nursing standards with regard to improving the quality of patient care, providing for patient safety, improving patient satisfaction, and improving the work environment in terms of reducing turnover. The review also considered patient complaints and Rush's standing with professional regulatory organizations.