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High Point Regional Awarded Magnet Recognition

6/21/2001

High Point Regional Health System joined a group of only 35 other health care organizations in the U.S. when it announced today that its nursing services have been designated as Magnet. Magnet designation is the gold standard for nursing and an important recognition of superior quality in a nursing program.

Martha Barham, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, acknowledged the “commitment to excellence” of the nursing staff and thanked “everyone throughout the hospital” when she announced the designation to all of the staff.
This designation indicates excellence in nursing services, development of a professional milieu, and growth and development of nursing staff. It is the highest level of recognition that the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an arm of the American Nurses Association, can award to organized nursing services in a health care organization.

“We always knew we had outstanding nurses,” said Jeff Miller, President of High Point Regional Health System. “Now everyone else will know it too.”

A recent Wall Street Journal article urged readers to “find a ‘Magnet’ hospital in your area” to lessen the impact of the current nursing shortage on one’s hospital stay. The nurse vacancy rate at High Point Regional is currently at 3%, well below state and national averages.

The Magnet program provides a framework to recognize excellence in a number of rigorous standards, including the management philosophy and practices of nursing services. Of special interest to the community are the standards for improving the quality of patient care and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others. The Magnet award also recognizes leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel.

For more information about the Magnet designation awarded to the nurses at High Point Regional, contact Martha Barham at 878-6000, X2045 or Tammi Mengel at X2431.

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