Miami Children’s Falls Prevention Program Receives Top Magnet® Honor

Published on: 10/24/2014

From L to R: Linda C. Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief ANCC Officer; Michael L. Evans, ANCC President; Jenny Cordo, MCH Nursing Excellence & Magnet Program Manager; Jackie Gonzalez, MCH Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer; Roy L. Simpson, Vice President of Nursing for Cerner Corporation.


MIAMI- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded its annual Magnet® Honors Award to Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) in recognition of the hospital’s Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™. The program was developed by MCH clinicians to identify patients at risk and prevent falls in the care environment. The Magnet Honors Award is presented to a Magnet hospital that embodies excellence in patient care by creating and managing a transformational program that makes a difference for patients and nurses alike. The award was presented at the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Dallas, Texas.


“We are honored to be recognized by the ANCC for the Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™. This initiative is a tangible expression of our nursing team’s commitment to leadership in safety and excellence in patient care,” said Jackie Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Miami Children’s Hospital.

The Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™ is now offered in 887 hospitals across the nation and 152 internationally. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the quality of care and reduce the risk of injuries in pediatric patients across the globe.

MCH was the first pediatric hospital in Florida and the fifth pediatric hospital in the nation to receive the ANCC’s Magnet designation. MCH has received Magnet designation status for three consecutive terms, which is the highest and most regarded honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

 
 
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education.


About the Magnet Recognition Program
ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes.

Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals in order to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. In 2014, 16 of the 17 medical centers on the U.S. News Best Hospitals in America Honor Roll are ANCC Magnet-recognized organizations. In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation's oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality, and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9 Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that afford them substantial input on patient safety issues.


About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.mch.com


About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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