Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Loyola Earns Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

Coveted Magnet designation granted to health system

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) today announced that it received Magnet designation for its hospital and outpatient clinics. LUHS is now among the five percent of health care organizations with this elite designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

“The Magnet distinction is a testament to the quality care our nurses provide to our patients every day,” said Paula Hindle, MSN, MBA, RN, vice president and chief nurse executive. “Loyola is honored to accept this designation and grateful for our nurses who represent the best in the profession.”

LUHS was notified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center on Sept. 16 after an application process that spanned more than two years.

“Our road to Magnet was a true team effort involving extensive preparation,” said Deborah Jasovsky, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate chief nurse executive and Magnet program director. “Nurses from all areas of the health system rolled up their sleeves to showcase Loyola’s quality nursing program and bring this award to our organization.”

The Magnet Recognition Program™ provides consumers with a benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive at an organization. The program is based on quality factors and standards of nursing practice. These factors are known as the 14 Forces of Magnetism, and they are evaluated by ANCC to determine if a hospital is deserving of Magnet Recognition. The forces collectively represent a professional environment guided by a strong visionary nurse leader who supports advancement and excellence in nursing practice.

“Loyola possesses all of these characteristics, which affords our patients the highest level of care,” said Jasovsky. “This care is grounded in sound scientific research, professionalism and strong leadership.”

LUHS will next seek redesignation for Magnet in 2013.


About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.