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Advocate, Centegra receive nursing honor

Centegra Health System and Advocate Health Care facilities have garnered the highest distinction that hospitals can receive for nursing care.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Centegra hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock recently achieved Magnet designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

The designation makes the facilities, which includes Centegra’s speciality hospital in Woodstock, four of about 391 recognized out of the nearly 6,000 registered hospitals nationally.

“We achieved Magnet status because of Centegra’s patient-centered culture,” Neil Murphy, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Centegra, said in a news release. “While we aim to bring the most advance practices to the bedside, we never lose sight of the real reason we became nurses, which is to care for patients and families.”

In order to qualify for the status, hospitals had to meet criteria in 14 standards, including quality of nursing leadership, organization style, quality of care, nurses as teachers and professional development.

The two-year evaluation process included an extensive application, interviews and a three-day, on-site survey by ANCC appraisers.

“Clearly, high quality care requires great nurses as well as a high degree of collaboration between physicians and other caregivers,” Karen Lambert, president of Advocate Good Shepherd, said in a news release. “Being recognized as a Magnet hospital is further validation of the excellent care being provided at [Advocate] Good Shepherd Hospital.”

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