UK Chandler Hospital Again Named National Magnet Site for Nursing
Designation Indicates Better Patient Care
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2005) - UK Chandler Hospital has again been named a Magnet Hospital in recognition of the outstanding nursing care at UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital.
UK Chandler Hospital was among the first in the nation to achieve the recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet status is granted for a four-year period. UK was among the first 40 hospitals in the U.S., out of more than 6,000 facilities, to be named a Magnet site four years ago, and is among the first to be granted renewed Magnet site status.
"Studies have consistently shown that the quality of patient care is directly related to the quality of nursing, and this recognition signifies that this is a hospital where patients get superior care," said Karen Stefaniak, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at UK Chandler Hospital. "It also shows that our nurses work in one of the best nursing environments in the country. Our nurses deeply care about patients and families, and our environment supports the practice of professional nursing."
According to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, by 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.
Studies have shown that Magnet hospitals have lower mortality, better patient satisfaction, and more individual attention by nurses, and shorter hospital stays.
UK Chandler Hospital staff completed a thorough application and review process, including a week-long, intensive site visit by ANCC officials, who reviewed patient outcomes as well as nursing quality, professional development opportunities, and job satisfaction.