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Miami Children's Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence
(5/14/2008)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MIAMI -- The nurses at Miami Children’s Hospital have done it again.  The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services has once again designated Miami Children’s as a Magnet hospital. 

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. Only 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved Magnet designation.  Miami Children’s Hospital first received this recognition in 2004.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. 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. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today. Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses.

“The nursing staff at Miami Children’s has a long-standing tradition of leadership, clinical excellence, collaboration and concern for our patients and their safety.  Our nurses are the heart and spirit of this hospital and Magnet recognition is a genuine reflection of their concern for the well being of the children entrusted to our care,” said Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, ARNP, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.

ABOUT MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. The 289-bed freestanding facility is ranked by Child magazine among the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only Florida pediatric hospital to be included in U.S.News & World Report’s 2007 listing of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” Miami Children's has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine and serves children from birth to age 21.