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Aug. 20, 2008

UI Hospitals and Clinics named again as Magnet hospital

The nurses, faculty and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have done it again.

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced today that they received notice at 9 a.m. from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program for excellence in nursing services that UI Hospitals and Clinics once again has been designated as a Magnet hospital.

"Magnet recognition is to nursing what a Lombardi Trophy is to football or what a gold medal is to the Olympics," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride. To retain Magnet status for another four years really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to continually strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve."

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 re-apply 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.

"We're a better institution today because of our Magnet designation four years ago," said Ann Williamson, Ph.D., associate vice president and chief nursing officer. "It raised the bar on patient care and inspired all of us -- nurses, physicians, and professional and support staff -- to strive to be even better. That's what enabled us to become a Magnet facility in the first place. That's why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today."

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

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