12/02/2005

WVUH to Celebrate Magnet Nursing Recognition

Governor Expected at Dec. 7 Event

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals will celebrate its designation as a Magnet Hospital at a reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7 in Touchdown Terrace at Mylan Puskar Stadium.

Gail Wolfe, DSN, RN, FAAN, of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)  will be a special guest at the event, and will formally present the hospital’s nursing leadership with the Magnet recognition.

The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. WVU Hospitals’ Magnet status, which includes annual reviews, is valid for four years.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Hospitals seeking Magnet recognition undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III is also expected to attend and offer his appreciation for the work that led to the achievement.

WVU Hospitals is West Virginia’s first and only Magnet hospital, one of the highest recognitions available to health care institutions.

Magnet designation helps consumers locate health care organizations that have a proven level of excellence in nursing care. Independent research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve. Magnet-designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses – resulting in increased stability in patient care and positive outcomes.

WVU Hospitals currently employs 1,044 nurses. A recent $75 million expansion has increased its capacity to 522 licensed beds, and it is actively recruiting nurses, particularly for critical care units, as it brings the new spaces into use.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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