UW Hospital and Clinics Earns Magnet Recognition

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UW Hospital and Clinics staff reacting to the Magnet Recognition® announcement.MADISON - No one enjoys being a patient, or seeing a loved one in need of health care. But when the time comes, it helps to know the care you need is delivered by nurses who provide a superior level of care.


Recently, the nursing care at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was awarded Magnet Recognition® by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


The honor is considered one of the highest bestowed on a health care facility. So high, that UW Hospital and Clinics is among only five percent of hospitals in the country to have earned the prestigious designation. 


"The decision to grant the designation was a unanimous decision by the credentialing commission. It demonstrates to patients and families that the hospital provides the highest level of care and that helps recruit and retain the best nurses in the country," said Gail A. Wolf, DSN, RN, FAAN, ANCC Magnet Recognition® Commission Chairwoman. 


UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky says ANCC conducts a thorough and lengthy process that includes site visits.


"Magnet Recognition® tells people who come to UW Hospital and Clinics that they can be assured that the nurses who are taking care of patients at the bedside, in the clinic or in our home care program are really at the top of their game," said Katen-Bahensky following the announcement.


"I am proud of all our nursing staff. This recognition is a true testament to their professionalism and dedication to quality patient care," she added.


Katen-Bahensky points out that Magnet status is not an award. "Instead, it is a distinction that must be earned and demonstrated over time. It reflects a commitment to creating and sustaining a professional nursing culture where the well-being of the patient is the ultimate focus of all activities and efforts. The Magnet Recognition® really resonates with UW Hospital and Clinics values. We are about the patient. We are about excellence. We are about care and collaboration." 

Earlier this year, UW Hospital and Clinics was named the number one academic medical center in the nation for nursing quality by the American Nurses Association. These two recognitions underscore the fact that UW Hospital and Clinics nurses know it is all about our patients. They know it is all about being the very best.


The Magnet Recognition Program® and logo are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.


Date Published: 11/06/2009

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