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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Magnet Status Attracts Nursing’s Best
05/15/2006

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Last week I thanked nurses for their service. These dedicated professionals are key to patient satisfaction. In fact, eight of the top 10 reasons cited for patient satisfaction at Texas Health Resources’ hospitals are directly tied to the nursing staff.

At Texas Health Resources, we are proud that Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas have earned the Magnet Recognition Program Award for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Less than 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved the coveted Magnet status, the most elite designation honoring nursing quality. Several other Texas Health Resources’ hospitals are now working toward Magnet recognition.

As the name implies, a Magnet-designated hospital is recognized for an environment where nurses and staff work collaboratively and the culture supports new ideas and quality work. Studies show these attributes attract and retain well-qualified nurses.

The American Nurses Association says a Magnet-designated hospital nearby means patients experience better outcomes, shorter lengths of stay and higher patient satisfaction, in addition to having nurses who spend more time at the bedside.

We congratulate Harris Methodist Fort Worth and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for this accomplishment. We also acknowledge Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital in Stephenville for earning the Texas Nurse Friendly designation, a similar acknowledgement for rural facilities.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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