Children's Hospital Colorado Receives Highest Nursing Credential with Prestigious Magnet® Recognition for the Third Time

Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

Dec 22, 2015, 10:07 ET from Children’s Hospital Colorado

AURORA, Colo., Dec. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has once again received recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This credential recognizes continuing excellence in nursing and overall patient care at Children's Colorado.

"This designation speaks volumes to the expertise and family-centered care that our clinicians, especially our nurses, go above and beyond to provide every day," said Andrea Ferretti, vice president and interim chief nursing officer at Children's Colorado. "I am constantly inspired by stories I hear from our units—stories that prove time and time again how dedicated our nurses are to caring for the whole patient and family."

This is the third time Children's Colorado has achieved Magnet recognition, and is presently one of only eight Magnet recognized hospitals in the state. Children's Colorado joins the ranks of only three percent of U.S. hospitals that have achieved Magnet re-designation.

"This recognition is a testament to Children's Colorado and their exceptional nursing practice, the organization's commitment to nursing, their commitment to healthcare providers and the entire team, and also to the patients they serve," said Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FANN, chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program®.

Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the third time is a great achievement for Children's Colorado, as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community—a select group of 424 of the nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations that have achieved Magnet designation. Children's Colorado was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2005, and was recognized again in 2011. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

Research demonstrates that patients largely benefit from visiting a hospital with Magnet status. Magnet hospitals report improved clinical outcomes, fewer patient falls, fewer medication errors, lower mortality rates, and higher patient and family satisfaction. Magnet hospitals also tend to have lower nursing turnover and an improved nurse work environment.

"Nurses are the heart and soul of what we do at this organization, and we are who we are because of their selfless, compassionate giving every hour of every day at the bedside," said Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children's Colorado. "The creation of miracles and support for one another and the ongoing commitment to their profession is how our nurses provide the best care to make this organization as extraordinary as it is. I'm proud to be part of a team that is consistently and passionately focused on providing exceptional family-centered care to all who walk through our doors."

*Nursing leadership at Children's Colorado is available for interviews upon request.

About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation's outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 5th on its Best Children's Hospitals 2015-16 Honor Roll, Children's Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children's Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2015 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children's Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital's family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation's top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit and connect with Children's Colorado on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit

Media Contact:
Hollon Kohtz, Children's Hospital Colorado
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