RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Nurses Credentialing
Center has awarded the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Magnet
status, the highest honor and level of recognition the group awards to nursing
excellence in national and international health care.
The ANCC, the nation's largest and leading nursing credentialing
organization within the American Nurses Association, issued the designation on
"This recognition provides consumers with a benchmark to measure the
quality of care that they can expect to receive," said VCU President Eugene P.
Trani. "While there are other academic health centers that have received this
designation, most have not, and I congratulate our hard-working nursing
The award recognizes excellence in 14 rigorous standards that touch all
aspects of superior nursing, from patient care quality to nursing education
and leadership. Health systems applying for Magnet status must meet a range of
criteria, including the quality of nursing leadership, professional models of
care, quality of care and a commitment to quality improvement.
"The Magnet designation is emblematic of the outstanding quality of care
delivered by the nurses here," said Sheldon Retchin, M.D., CEO of the VCU
Health System. "Additionally, we have an extraordinary team of health
professionals at VCU, including our physicians, pharmacists, therapists and
staff who are all standing a little taller today -- proud to be the first
health system in Central Virginia to be recognized for Magnet status."
VCU began the application process for the Magnet recognition program in
June 2003, and this past December, representatives of ANCC completed a three-
day, on-site visit.
According to Carol Crosby, R.N., vice president for patient care services
and chief nursing officer, the VCU Health System joins an elite group of about
200 healthcare organizations worldwide that have received the prestigious
honor, and three other Magnet-designated health systems in Virginia, including
Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Carilion Medical Center in Roanoke and
Centra Health in Lynchburg.
"I am delighted at this wonderful recognition of the richness and vibrancy
of professional nursing practice at the VCUHS," said John Duval, CEO of MCV
Hospitals. "Being designated as a Magnet organization is a special affirmation
of the quality of our nurses, our nursing organization and all of our staff
across the Health System."
The Magnet recognition program was developed by ANCC to recognize
healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold
the tradition within nursing of professional nursing practice. To be
considered a Magnet hospital, an organization must meet more than 65 stringent
nursing practice standards and patient care quality indicators developed by
"This is a testament to the dedication of the VCU nursing staff, whose
professionalism is manifested in the delivery of excellent care," said Crosby.
"It is their dedication to excellence, evidence-based practice, collaboration
and commitment to lifelong learning that has led to the VCU Health System
receiving this designation."
The award will officially be presented next month at the ANCC Magnet
conference in Miami. For more information on the credentialing process, go to
About VCU and the VCU Medical Center: Located on two downtown campuses in
Richmond, Va., Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked nationally by the
Carnegie Foundation as a top research institution and enrolls more than 29,000
students in more than 181 certificate, undergraduate, graduate, professional
and doctoral programs in the arts, sciences and humanities in 15 schools and
one college. Forty of the university's programs are unique in Virginia, and 20
graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World
Report as among the best of their kind. MCV Hospitals, clinics and the health
sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical
Center, one of the leading academic medical centers in the country. For more,
SOURCE Virginia Commonwealth University Health System