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Miami Valley Hospital recertified for Magnet Status for nursing excellence

Honor awarded by a subsidiary of the American Nursing Association

DAYTON, Ohio, November 20, 2008 – Miami Valley Hospital has once again earned Magnet Status for nursing excellence. The award was announced this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

This marks Miami Valley’s second four-year term with Magnet distinction, an honor first awarded to the hospital by the ANCC in 2004.

A Magnet certification recognizes that the nursing staff of the hospital meets high standards of patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.  The program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice. Additionally, hospitals applying for this recognition must provide an environment that empowers nurses, values their contributions and supports nursing leadership.

"We are incredibly proud of our nurses not only for earning this well-deserved recognition for a second time, but for all they do every day," says Deb Mals, RN, vice president of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Miami Valley.

"Upholding the highest standards of nursing has always been our proud tradition at Miami Valley. Every day, our patients share with us how our nurses make a difference in their lives, and it is this consistent delivery of high quality care that says to our patients: no matter where you are within our hospital you are being cared for by the very best."

According to the ANCC, Magnet hospitals consistently deliver better patient outcomes than non-Magnet hospitals, including more time nurses spend at the patient’s bedside, shorter lengths of patient stay, lower patient mortality rates, higher patient satisfaction rates, and higher nurse retention, recruitment, and job satisfaction rates.

Miami Valley Hospital was the first hospital in the Dayton area to receive magnet status and is the only Dayton-area hospital to earn a recertification. Only five percent of hospitals across the United States have achieved Magnet distinction. An even smaller percentage of hospitals have earned re-designation.