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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Achieves Prestigious Nursing Recognition

Monday, Nov 19, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care.

Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, duPont Hospital for Children joins the Magnet community — a select group of 395 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

Key Facts
  • Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. For example, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
  • To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process, demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff, including electronic documentation, written documentation, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and an on-site assessment from the ANCC.
  • The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes nursing excellence and represents the highest honor a hospital can receive for professional nursing practice. The patients and Associates of Nemours have long been witness to the quality of our nursing professionals, and this designation demonstrates the Nemours nursing commitment to delivering the highest quality of care.
  • The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes — and components and dimensions for each — all deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care. Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Louanne Stratton, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse Executive
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

“This honor extends well beyond having a plaque on the wall, research shows there is a close association between Magnet recognition and the accrual of measurable benefits to hospitals and their communities. … This is a tremendous achievement. I would like to recognize the great work, determination, and discretionary effort of our nursing department who worked for several years to put programs and practices in place throughout our organization that qualified us for this designation.”

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, Nemours Senior Vice President and
Chief Executive Officer Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


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About the Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.