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April 21, 2010

Gold Standard of Nursing Designation to Follow Staff to Methodist Women's Hospital

April 21, 2010

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Gold Standard of Nursing Designation to Follow Staff to Methodist Women's Hospital


American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet(OMAHA) – A white flag signifying the gold standard of nursing certifications will fly high the moment Methodist Women’s Hospital opens its doors to patients at June 21, 2010.

Under the leadership of Methodist Hospital vice president and chief nursing officer Teri Tipton, MSN, RN-C, Methodist Women’s Hospital staff will carry with them the designation of a Magnet facility.  Magnet designation, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is the highest honor in the nursing industry.  It recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices.  Just five percent of hospitals in the United States have earned the designation.

“The safety of our patients is of the utmost importance,” said Sue Korth, vice president and chief operating officer of Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Our entire staff plays a large role in the successful care of our patients, so it is important that we offer the highest level of care possible.”

Methodist Hospital became the first hospital in Nebraska to earn Magnet status in 2004. The facility was re-designated as a Magnet facility in 2008.

Magnet designation was developed in 1993 by the ANCC to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice.  Independent studies have shown that patients who receive care at a Magnet hospital have shorter lengths of stays and higher satisfaction rates.  Statistics have shown that Magnet hospitals exhibit a higher nurse retention rate.  At a time when nursing shortages have
been at their highest levels, Methodist Hospital’s nurse position vacancy rates has been consistently lower than the local and national averages.

“Magnet designation recognizes sustained excellence in nursing and is achieved only by nursing divisions that provide quality care on a consistent basis,” Korth said.  “We are proud of the effort our nurses put forth daily to promote a culture of empowerment, pride, respect, teamwork and integrity.”

About Methodist Women's Hospital

Methodist Women’s Hospital will include a 36-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit, as well as an adult intensive care unit.  The emergency department will treat men, women and families.  It will include a fully functioning Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Survivor Program, like the one established at Methodist Hospital in 2003. Explore the details.

Full-time staff at Methodist Women’s Hospital includes OB/GYNs, perinatologists (high-risk obstetric specialists), anesthesiologists, neonatologists (high-risk newborn specialists), neonatal nurse practitioners, certified midwives, respiratory care therapists and nurses with advanced certifications specific to the area in which they work.  The new hospital will also offer health services for women of all ages, including gynecology, outpatient lab and imaging.  Amenities, such as hotel-like patient rooms with around-the-clock room service, comfortable indoor and outdoor dining areas and a healing garden have also been included to enhance the entire family’s experience.

Another added convenience of the Methodist Women’s Hospital is its proximity to the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center in the attached medical office building.  Currently located at the Indian Hills Plaza building near 90th and W. Dodge Road, the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center’s move to the new location will allow women to take care of all of their gynecological and women’s health needs in a single campus location, including counseling, urogynecology, sexual medicine, and skin renewal services.  Women’s Center services will begin moving to the new medical campus in May and will be open for service prior to the opening of the Women’s Hospital.

Services that will be available at the Methodist Women’s Hospital Campus include OB/GYN, continence services, counseling services, DEXA Scan, mammography, menopause services, midwifery, reproductive health, sexual medicine, skin renewal services, ultrasound, urogynecology and women’s physical therapy. 

An open house for the community will be held on Saturday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

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