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Aspirus Wausau Hospital earns Magnet Re-designation

Aug 24, 2009

Nursing award highest in nation

WAUSAU, Wis. – The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has once again designated Aspirus Wausau Hospital as a Magnet Hospital, the nation’s highest recognition of nursing excellence.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital first achieved Magnet status in February 2005, and is among only 2 percent of U.S. hospitals to be re-designated Magnet facilities.

“This honor not only verifies the high quality of care patients receive at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, but it also shows our commitment to sustaining this level of excellence,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, President/COO, Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Magnet hospitals demonstrate several key distinguishing features, including:

  • Improved care environments.

  • A commitment to investing in staff development and education.

  • Quality management.

  • Good relationships with physicians.

According to a 2008 study published in The Journal of Nursing Administration, Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes. The study also estimates that roughly 40,000 lives could be saved each year if hospitals improved care environments, nurse staffing and nurse education.

“Achieving Magnet status is a long process and a lot of work, but it’s worthwhile because you learn a lot about your organization,” said Tim Gengler, Chief Nursing Officer, Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “Even though we’ve earned re-designation, we are going to continue to look for ways to improve and build upon the solid foundation we have established for providing elite nursing care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. The program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined in the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (2009).

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. Magnet designation serves two primary purposes – to attract and retain quality employees, and provide consumers with a way to identify hospitals with excellent care.

For more information about Magnet certification, visit the ANCC Web site.

Contact: Greg Aune, 715.847.0479