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Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the first adult hospital in Missouri to be awarded Magnet Nursing Services Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Leslie Kline, RN, thinks the Barnes-Jewish Hospital environment makes you a "special kind of nurse." She ought to know. She's worked at the hospital for 27 years.

"We draw patients from everywhere," says Kline, who works on unit 6300. "Critical, complicated patients who we take very good care of. Barnes-Jewish Hospital nurses are very broad in their knowledge base. After working at Barnes-Jewish, you can do anything," says Kline.

The clinical excellence of Kline and the other 2,499 Barnes-Jewish Hospital nurses has resulted in Barnes-Jewish Hospital being the first and only adult hospital in the state of Missouri to achieve Magnet Nursing Services Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Magnet award is the highest level of recognition for hospital nursing awarded by ANCC. At this date, 88 hospitals across the country have achieved Magnet status including several institutions which accompany Barnes-Jewish Hospital on the U.S News & World Report Honor Roll.

"We are clearly one of America's best hospitals when it comes to the profession of nursing," says Patti Crimmins Reda, MSN, RN, patient care director. "It is now our time to shine on the clinical excellence that we provide in collaboration with multiple health-care team members. We cannot provide this exceptional care without other members of the health care team. The designation represents a wonderful recognition for nursing, health- care team members and the hospital."

Developed in 1990, the Magnet Certification Program identifies institutions providing top-quality nursing care for patients. In certifying Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a Magnet hospital, the ANCC recognizes it as an institution supporting the highest quality professional nursing practice, exemplifying excellence in management philosophy and practices of nursing services, adhering to standards for improving the quality of patient care, and being attentive to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients.

"I am thrilled to be joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital at a time of such honor for our nurses," says Coreen Vlodarchyk, new vice president, patient care services. "Magnet status brings hard-earned recognition to the nursing profession and to the hospital."

Barnes-Jewish Hospital nurses worked painstakingly over a two-year period to achieve Magnet recognition. Five volumes of written documentation were submitted. Each unit designed a unique book highlighting their practice. Clinical staff, nurses and members of the St. Louis community participated in a three-day site visit in July, which contributed to this honor.

"I was really thrilled to be honored for the good things going on here," says Jean Greco, RN, 8200 intensive care unit, and chair of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital clinical practice council. "We have strong dedication to professionalism and clinical excellence. I am proud to be at Barnes-Jewish."

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