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Published on January 21, 2010

Avera McKennan Gains National Recognition for Nursing Excellence


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Jan. 21, 2010) - For the third consecutive time, Avera McKennan has been recognized as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services. 

"To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. To retain Magnet status again, for another four years, really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to continually strive harder each day to meet and exceed the health care needs of the people we serve," said Judy Blauwet, Chief Nursing Officer at Avera McKennan.

In 2001, Avera McKennan was the 36th hospital in the nation to earn Magnet status. Redesignation was earned in 2005, and now in 2009. Less than 1 percent of hospitals in the country have achieved this goal of three consecutive recognitions.

In announcing the achievement, Gail Wolf, DSN, RN, FAAN, chairperson of the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program, commented that Avera McKennan's application was one of the most beautiful she has ever read, in terms of the stories of excellent nursing care that were related.

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet recognition is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care.  The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing and patient care.  Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation.  To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital's resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses. "Encouraging and supporting the best in our nurses means that patients experience great service and high quality care," Blauwet added.

"We're a better institution today because of our Magnet recognitions in 2001, 2005 and 2009," Blauwet said. "These standards continually raise the bar on patient care and inspire each of us - nurses, physicians, and professional and support staff - to strive to be even better."