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Scottsdale Healthcare Named Arizona's 1st Magnet Hospital System

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Shea, Osborn and Thompson Peak hospitals recognized as 'gold standard' for nursing excellence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scottsdale Healthcare announced today it is the first multihospital health system in Arizona to achieve elite Magnet recognition, an achievement shared with fewer than 25 other multihospital health systems in the United States.

Magnet recognition is considered the ultimate benchmark for consumers to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive in a hospital and the gold standard for nursing excellence and patient care, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association.

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital were officially designated as Magnet hospitals during a conference call with Scottsdale Healthcare nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Director Craig Luzinski, RN.

"Magnet recognition is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care," said Scottsdale Healthcare Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Peggy Reiley, RN, Ph.D. "It is an incredibly difficult honor to achieve because the standards are set so high with emphasis on outcomes, innovation, technology, evidence-based practice and patient partnerships."

Nursing staff and leaders at each Scottsdale Healthcare hospital completed detailed interviews over four days of site inspections with Magnet surveyors, and submitted more than 5,000 pages of documentation for the nonprofit hospitals to be considered for Magnet recognition.

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet hospitals:

  • Report higher patient satisfaction rates.
  • Have staff who spend more time at patients' bedsides.
  • Deliver better patient outcomes.
  • Have shorter lengths of patient stay.
  • Have lower patient mortality rates.
  • Consistently outperform non-Magnet organizations.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet recognition is awarded to hospitals deemed to be "magnets for nurses" for introducing more training programs and mechanisms for nurses to have a greater say in patient care. It was developed to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence.

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Centers were redesignated as Magnet hospitals; both received the prestigious recognition in 2006. Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, which opened in 2007, recently was surveyed for the first time and awarded Magnet recognition.

"I couldn't be prouder of our staff members and our organization," said President and CEO Tom Sadvary. "Magnet recognition is more than an honor. It tells our patients and community that they can expect nursing excellence, teamwork, quality outcomes and a satisfying healthcare experience when they come to Scottsdale Healthcare."

"Magnet recognition is a tremendous accomplishment for Scottsdale Healthcare, and a true testament to our world-class patient care," said Reiley.

Magnet facts:

  • Magnet recognition is the nationally acknowledged top honor for nursing care.
  • Scottsdale Healthcare is first and only provider in Arizona to earn Magnet designation for all of its hospitals.
  • Only 21 multihospital systems in the nation have earned Magnet designation.
  • Scottsdale Healthcare's Magnet hospitals include Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.
  • Magnet recognition emphasizes quality patient care, innovation, technology and evidence-based practice.
  • Only the top 6% (386) of the nation's 5000 hospitals have earned Magnet designation.
  • Magnet recognition is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association.

Scottsdale Healthcare is the community-based, nonprofit parent organization of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute, and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. For more information, visit

SOURCE Scottsdale Healthcare


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