Fox Chase Earns Prestigious Magnet® Nursing Designation for Fourth Time in a Row

PHILADELPHIA (November 22, 2013)—Fox Chase Cancer Center, the first acute care hospital in Pennsylvania and specialty hospital in the country to receive Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, has been designated with this prestigious recognition for the fourth time in a row—now making it the first hospital in Pennsylvania to have achieved three successful re-designations. This designation is the nation's highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and is one of the benchmarks used to measure the quality of care patients receive.

“Earning this re-designation is a substantial accomplishment for both our Nursing Department and the Center as a whole,” says Richard I. Fisher, MD, President and CEO of Fox Chase. “Our ability to sustain our Magnet designation since 2000 is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all the staff here at Fox Chase.”

The Magnet Recognition Program provides a framework to recognize excellence in: the management philosophy and practices of nursing services; adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel; and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as to the care providers in the system.

Published research has shown that hospitals with Magnet designation have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the workplace. Patients receiving care at Magnet hospitals have been recorded as experiencing lower mortality rates and greater satisfaction during their stay, and are able to go home sooner.

“This designation validates the excellence in care, the continued efforts to enhance the patient experience, our ability to outperform our peer group institutions in several key metrics, and our continued ability to foster innovation in care through intraprofessional collaboration,” says Anne Jadwin, RN, MSN, AOCN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Fox Chase. “As the first Magnet facility in the state of Pennsylvania, we continue to be part of an elite group of institutions who are recognized for both quality outcomes and a supportive, professional practice environment for nurses.”

The Magnet Nursing Recognition Program was established in 1993 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Institutions applying for Magnet recognition must pass a rigorous review, designed to demonstrate superior nursing and excellence in patient care. Magnet recognition is valid for four years, after which the recipient must reapply.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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