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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Receives Second Magnet Designation
07/29/2011

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has successfully achieved Magnet designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an honor that recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing services. Texas Health Dallas was first awarded Magnet status in 2006.

Texas Health Dallas joins the ranks of about 3 percent of U.S. hospitals to be honored with Magnet re-designation. The ANCC is the world’s largest credentialing organization within the American Nursing Association.

“This prestigious award is evidence of our commitment to nursing excellence in practice, innovative programs, and improved patient outcomes,” said Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Dallas. “Magnet recognition represents the highest honor a nursing professional service can receive in the world. As the chief nursing officer, I am blessed to practice with such excellent clinicians and leaders in a professional environment — all of whom played a major role in achieving Magnet designation again for our organization.”

Of nearly 6,000 hospitals nationwide, less than 400 have received Magnet status.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes hospitals for having “magnetic” nursing environments, which attract and retain high-performing nurses.

“Organizations seeking Magnet re-designation are not always successful,” said Debbie Kelp, staff nurse and chair of the Clinical Practice Council at Texas Health Dallas. “The renewal process at the end of the four year term becomes more challenging and only a small percentage of the nation’s hospitals are recognized. We are so excited but yet humbled in receiving this designation.”

Dr. Bill Hoffman, an anesthesiologist on the medical staff and president of the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, said: “A Magnet-recognized hospital sets the highest standards for patient care and innovative nursing practices. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and raises the bar of the nursing profession.”

“Texas Health Dallas has a long history of providing excellence in patient care,” said Britt Berrett, PhD, hospital president. “This achievement confirms what we know about our mission and vision for nursing excellence. It also proves that our hospital team — nurses, physicians and staff members — are effectively working together to create a culture that supports quality, safe patient care.”

Magnet-recognized hospitals are not guaranteed re-designation at the end of their four-year term. “In order for hospitals to successfully achieve Magnet designation for a second time, the hospital must re-apply and undergo an extensive and rigorous process,” said Bob Ferguson, chair of the Texas Health Dallas Board of Trustees. “That’s why Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas’ nurses, employees, volunteers and physicians on the medical staff should be so proud.”

The review included thorough documentation, assessment and evaluation of fourteen different areas, and a site visit where representatives receive first-hand experience of the facility, nursing leadership, nursing staff and administrators.

“Magnet re-designation enables us to measure our performance at Texas Health Dallas against national standards in different areas,” said Edmonson. “It also recognizes and confirms that what we are doing is innovative and lifting in terms of nursing satisfaction and patient outcomes.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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