In 2012, Akron Children’s Hospital was re-designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This is the highest recognition granted by ANCC and recognizes the very best in nursing care.
“Magnet designation is like winning the gold medal in the Olympics,” said Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “It demonstrates the excellence of our nurses and their ability to provide outstanding patient care at all our locations, and it would not be possible without the contributions of our entire clinical and support staff.”
Craig J. Luzinski, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, director of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, awarded the designation to Akron Children’s, noting that the hospital had the “most impressive” exemplars he has seen.
The Magnet report mentioned exemplars such as the hospital’s response to two floods, our affiliations with 46 nursing schools (now 55), the $1.5 million in educational assistance offered annually to employees, and the processes and outcomes involved with implementing changes.
Akron Children’s is one of only 34 pediatric Magnet hospitals nationwide and one of 21 Magnet hospitals in Ohio. The 391 Magnet-designated organizations represent less than 7 percent of all U.S. healthcare organizations.
“What a wonderful tribute this is to the heritage and tradition of excellent pediatric care we provide at Akron Children’s,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO. “It’s a vital part of the foundation of our organization.”
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