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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 12, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Receives Magnet Award For Nursing Excellence

Nursing leaders at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that they received the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, the first hospital in the state to earn the distinction.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), awards the coveted honor, which is granted only to hospitals that undergo a rigorous, voluntary evaluation process. The ANA has demonstrated that hospitals that meet their stringent requirements provide positive patient outcomes, recognize excellence in nursing services and reward professional nursing achievement. Only about 100 hospitals in the United States have earned the award.

Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said, "The dedication and professionalism of our nurses has always been outstanding. We are delighted that their excellence is now recognized on the highest possible level."

"This honor is very well deserved," said University of Iowa President David Skorton, who also serves as a physician at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "I've seen firsthand for more than 20 years the dedication of these caring professionals, and their devotion to patients is second to none. That's a major reason that Iowans so closely associate high quality health care with the University of Iowa."

Independent studies of Magnet hospitals have shown that patients who receive care in such centers average a shorter length of stay and have higher rates of satisfaction. Also, nurses working in Magnet hospitals are more satisfied with their work and the care they provide, and Magnet hospitals have an increased rate of retention among nurses.

"It took real teamwork to achieve Magnet status," said Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "This accolade proves what our patients already know - our nurses are the best."

One of those key team members was Barbara J. (B.J.) Hannon, who helped champion the effort to attain the Magnet Hospital Award. "This award confirms what our talented nursing staff already know, that the practice of nursing at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is setting the bar for excellence in nursing practice, innovation, research and patient care in this country," Hannon said.

The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing that supports professional nursing practice. It is the highest level of recognition that the American Nurses Credentialing Center can accord to organized nursing services in the national and international health care communities.

The ANCC is the nation's largest and foremost accrediting and credentialing organization for the nursing profession. The Magnet Recognition Program provides important national and international recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's only academic medical center.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,