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Washington Hospital has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support its application for a MagnetĘ status "re-designation" by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

May 20, 2014

Magnet status designation, first awarded to Washington Hospital in 2011, is for a four-year period. The current Magnet program is in its third year of the four year period. The "re-designation" would extend the Magnet status for another four years, according to hospital Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Williams, RN.

The Moore Foundation grant will underwrite some of the work required for the re-designation application. The grant also helps to cover costs for staff time dedicated to Magnet activities including attendance at Magnet conferences, Magnet status application fees as well as documentation preparation, analysis of current Magnet status programs internally and by outside experts, Williams added.

"The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant and Magnet status designation are part of our continuing journey to sustaining our culture of excellence and quality at the hospital which is reflected in our Patient First Ethic," Williams said.

Magnet status is the highest level of recognition that a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. Only 6.7 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this status and Washington Hospital is one of six hospitals in the Bay Area to receive this designation. A designation by the Magnet Recognition Program means the hospital provides a superior level of health care for patients, displays innovative practices and retains nurses who perform excellent work as part of its team.

According to Katie Choy, RN, Washington Hospital's Nursing Director, Education, a Magnet-recognized hospital must demonstrate that:
¥ Nursing care delivers excellent patient outcomes
¥ Nurses have a high level of job satisfaction
¥ There is a low staff nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution
¥ Nursing is involved in data collection and decision-making in patient care delivery

The hospital's Magnet activities focus on recruitment and retention of an excellent nursing staff, improvements in patient satisfaction, excellent nurse-physician relationships, staff education and training, and work with patients and their families to improve outcomes, among other programs.

Williams added: "We've developed effective practices (protocols) to reduce incidents of pressure ulcers and sepsis mortality, to eliminate medication errors, to reduce catheter associated urinary tract infections. We work to improve communication with the patients' families and caregivers, to engage patients in their own care and to improve patient safety overall."

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, located in Palo Alto, provides grants in the areas of patient care, environmental conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area. The foundation's work in patient care focuses on eliminating all "preventable harm."