PHP Receives Prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence
11/20/2007

PLANO, Texas – Presbyterian Hospital of Plano nurses, administrators and employees gathered Tuesday in the hospital lobby to celebrate a much-anticipated phone call from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to confirm the hospital had been awarded Magnet designation for excellence in nursing.

Presbyterian Hospital of Plano joins the ranks of only 4 percent of hospitals nationwide to be honored with Magnet status in nursing. The ANCC is the nation's largest and leading nursing credentialing organization within the American Nurses Association.

“We are overjoyed to receive this coveted honor,” said Mike Evans, VP of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. “I want to thank every person involved in patient care, support services, administration and board membership at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. Our nursing program had overwhelming support from every level of this organization as we undertook this journey.”

Of about 6,000 hospitals nationwide, about 260 have received Magnet status in nursing. As the name implies, a Magnet-designated hospital is recognized for its 'magnetic' nursing environment, which studies show attracts and retains excellent nurses. These environments sustain an atmosphere where all staff works collaboratively in support of creative and innovative work practices.

What does this award mean for patients and the community?
Having a Magnet-designated hospital nearby means when a hospital visit is needed, the patient can expect dedication to better patient outcomes, shorter length-of-stay and a higher rate of patient satisfaction; in addition to having nurses who spend more time at the bedside, according to the American Nurses Association.

“We are better for having made this journey,” said Phil Wentworth, president of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.

While Magnet designation demonstrates the importance an organization places on nurses and nursing care in achieving positive patient outcomes, it also acknowledges that the physicians on the medical staff and the entire hospital team are working effectively together to create a culture that supports patient safety quality, and satisfaction, Wentworth said.

Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.  

More about Magnet
The foundation of the Magnet Recognition Program is built upon the Magnet Hospital Study conducted by the scholars of the American Academy of Nursing and recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the ANA's Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (2003). The Magnet designation process includes the appraisal of both qualitative and quantitative factors in nursing. 

Find out more about the Magnet Recognition Program

About Presbyterian Hospital of Plano
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano is a faith-based non-profit health care facility serving one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Opened in 1991, the hospital serves the health care needs of those living in Collin, Dallas and Denton counties. As part of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based non-profit health care systems in the U.S., Presbyterian Hospital of Plano is licensed for 370 beds and provides a wide range of services for both adults and children.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.TexasHealth.org.