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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Receives National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

ANCC Magnet designation enables Memorial Regional to share best nursing practices with other Magnet hospitals

Richmond, Va. (March 17, 2009) – Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has achieved Magnet Recognition® for its nursing team, one of the most prestigious and coveted designations in the nation. With this recognition, Memorial Regional joins its sister hospital, Bon Secours St. Mary’s, which received Magnet Recognition status in December 2008. The two Bon Secours hospitals are the only community hospitals in Richmond with this recognition; they are among 13 hospitals across Virginia to receive the recognition.

Hospital officials learned today of the Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the body which establishes the recognition criteria. The designation comes after three years of planning and strategic development and submission of more than 3,000 pages of written documentation by the Memorial Regional team, and a rigorous three-day appraisal visit to Memorial Regional by the ANCC.

“Our Magnet team spent countless hours and years to put together an excellent application to ANCC and I am extremely proud of this collaboration to achieve this high recognition,” said Michael Robinson, CEO, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital. “Magnet means excellence. This is the highest honor that a nursing department can achieve and it underscores the strong commitment by our dedicated nurses to advancing Bon Secours Richmond, as well as the Hanover community, and to providing our patients with world-class care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC as recognition to hospitals and health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for Memorial Regional’s nurses and other designated nursing teams across the country to share best practices and strategies for success with their colleagues.

Only about 5% of the nation’s healthcare organizations have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® status.

“Our nursing department at Memorial Regional places great emphasis on caring, collaborative practice, professional development and strong nursing leadership which are all key criteria for being nationally recognized as a Magnet hospital,” says Jill Kennedy, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nurse executive at Memorial Regional Medical Center. “Our nurses have such a positive impact on our community and I’m so pleased that they are receiving the recognition they deserve.”

According to Magnet, designated hospitals are chosen based on a solid professional environment, guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. The ANCC believes that Magnet-recognized organizations will lead the future reformation of healthcare; the discipline of nursing; and care of the patient, family and community.

Memorial Regional is a 225-bed acute-care hospital with a full-array of services. It is one of Bon Secours Richmond’s four hospitals. The remaining three are St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Also part of Bon Secours Richmond is Bon Secours Physicians, comprised of more than 38 physician practices as well as home health care and assisted living facilities.

Bon Secours Reynolds Crossing is the newest facility in Richmond and houses the Bon Secours Heart, Cancer and Neuroscience institutes. Bon Secours Richmond employs more than 7,000 people across its healthcare system.

The Magnet Recognition Program® and ANCC Magnet Recognition® names and logos are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet™, Journey to Magnet Excellence™, and National Magnet Conference™ are trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.

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