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Our Care Earns Nursing’s Highest Honors

Magnet® Redesignation Affirms Children’s Commitment to Highest Quality, Integrated, Patient, and Family-Centered Care October 12, 2015
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Washington, DC – Children’s National Health System has been designated for a second time as a Magnet hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. Only seven percent of hospitals across the United States achieve Magnet status. Of those hospitals, an even smaller percentage are pediatric hospitals, putting Children’s National among a very elite group of healthcare facilities nationwide.

“In order to provide the highest quality care for children and families, it’s imperative that the Children’s team of nurses be empowered as innovators, leaders, researchers, educators, and advocates for the patients and families for whom they care,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National. “I’m so proud of all of the nurses at Children’s National. Their hard work and dedication to their profession and to children is shown in the extraordinary care they provide every day.”

The goals of the Magnet Recognition Program are to promote quality in an environment that supports professional nursing practices, disseminate nursing best practices, and promote positive patient outcomes. Magnet-recognized hospitals have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, improved patient and employee safety, and higher patient and staff satisfaction.

“The nurses at Children’s National spend every day working to define and establish a foundation to lead and transform care for patients and families, achieve professional mastery, demonstrate exemplary patient care, and excel in nursing research and innovation,” said Linda Talley, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s National.

At Children’s National, nurses partner in the decision-making, implementation, and evaluation of the art and science of patient care. Nurses at Children’s National continually evaluate care challenges and improvements that result in enhanced outcomes for the patient, the family, and the organization. This is disseminated through research and quality outcomes through a variety of methods including Nursing Research Outcomes Day, an Endowed Chair for Nursing Research, procurement of grant dollars, and nursing research committees.  

“Magnet designation is reflected in everyone’s work, not just nursing. Multidisciplinary approaches and teamwork are hallmarks of Magnet designation, and this redesignation is a distinction all employees at Children’s National have a part in and honor,” said Kathleen Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN, Chief Operating Officer, and a nationally-recognized hospital leader and nurse.

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet is the leading international source of successful nursing practices and strategies.

In addition to receiving Magnet redesignation, Children’s National Health System has been named to the prestigious Honor Roll of the U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation.

Contact: Lauren Lytle at 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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