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Two nurses from Providence Medical Center Everett were awarded the 2009 award in the Education and Rising Star categories.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s “2009 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” in a list published in Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center has received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award three years in a row. In announcing this honor, HealthGrades stated that Providence Holy Cross is again in the top five percent for overall clinical quality among all hospitals in the nation.

The Providence ALS Center in Portland, Oregon has been certified as the 28th ALS center by The ALS Association. This comprehensive care is delivered by ALS specialists such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists and respiratory therapists.

Providence Health & Services in Alaska received the Work/Family award for the large non-profit category. This marks the second consecutive win for Providence and the fourth in in five years.

Providence Tarzana Medical Center employs more than 500 RNs, and features one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the San Fernando Valley.

Working Mother magazine named Providence Alaska Medical Center one of the nation’s “100 Best Family-Friendly Companies” in 2005 and one of the nations “100 Companies for Working Mothers” in 2006 and 2009.

Four of Providence’s hospitals in Oregon Have won the “100 Top Hospitals award by Solucient (formerly HCIA-Sachs Institute).

Providence Alaska Medical Center is the largest and most advanced medical center in the state according to Critical Care Nurse.

Over the past year, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center nurses have helped treat more than 50,000 patients in the Emergency Department alone.

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Nurse managers were awarded the Clinical Excellence in the Face of Adversity award for sending their Mobile Health Clinic to help those in need after the disastrous floods in Vernonia, Oregon.

Providence St. Patrick Hospital’s weekly Nurses Notes Received the 2009 Promotion of Nursing Excellence in Media Arts award from the Montana Nurses Association.

Providence Health & Services Oregon was recognized as seventh in the nation in SDI’s (formerly Verispan) annual ranking of the “100 Most Integrated Health Care Networks.” This marks the eighth consecutive year the Oregon region has made the top 10. The region is also the survey’s third-ranked system in the west and number one in Oregon.

In 2008, Providence contributed more than $508 million to community benefit programs, which included $169.9 million in free and discounted medical care.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s “2009 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” in a list published in Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

Pathway to excellence®

Magnet and Pathway to Excellence designation goes well beyond our commitment to excellence. It is our opportunity to celebrate the teamwork and respect that we have for each other in the many roles we have—medical, clinical or support staff. It is your opportunity as a nurse to search deeply for what you are passionate about in your profession and pursue the path of excellence. Achieving Magnet designation or Pathway to Excellence designation reminds us of our individual and collective calling to give the best care to every patient, every time.

The difference in being a Magnet hospital.

Independent research shows that Magnet and Pathways to Excellence facilities consistently outperform by demonstrating:

For Patients
  • Increased satisfaction and confidence levels
  • Increased stability in care and positive outcomes
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Shorter lengths of stay

For Nurses
  • Autonomy in clinical practice
  • Better delivery of quality care
  • Higher rates of job satisfaction
  • Lower incidence of needle stick injuries
  • More appropriate registered nurse mix

For Hospitals and Health Facilities
  • Collaborative work environment
  • Increased attraction of high-caliber nurses, physicians and specialists
  • Increased retention and recruitment of nurses
  • Lower rates of staff nurse turnover

The 14 forces of Magnetism

  • Quality of nursing leadership - "Nurses from other units routinely help one another. The people are so friendly, and there's so much support."
  • Organizational Structure - "We have a 10-minute meeting every morning where employees from every area attend and we review a quick agenda. It definitely makes us more cohesive as a group."
  • Management Style - "The most satisfying aspect of my practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist is working with the staff and helping them take care of patients."
  • Personnel policies and programs - "I work three 12-hour shifts, three days a week. The time I have to myself is absolutely exceptional."
  • Professional model of care - "Each morning, I attend multidisciplinary rounds and assist the staff throughout the day with critical thinking, patient care, and with any troubleshooting they need."
  • Quality of care - "I like that the hospital is at the forefront of care. We're a nationally accredited Baby-Friendly Hospital, and as a certified lactation consultant, that's important to me."
  • Quality improvement - "One of the best things about working here is the broad case diversity. It has really made me a better nurse and competent in many different areas."
  • Consultation and resources - "There is a lot of support for furthering your education."
  • Autonomy - "With so many opportunities to teach, learn and grow, I have everything I need here."
  • Community and the hospital - "I'd heard good things about Providence...and I was right."
  • Nurses as teachers - "I'm a preceptor, so I'm able to take people under my wing and show them around. It's very rewarding to teach and share with the new students, and I lvoe it."
  • Image of nursing - "You're not just a lone nurse out there...All disciplines work very well together as a team."
  • Interdisciplinary relationships - "We have good collaboration between our physician team and the nursing staff."
  • Professional Development - "If there is a class or convention that I want to attend, the department works hard to get me time off so that I can."

Magnetic attraction.

"Magnet designation is like the 'Nobel Prize' for nursing and our organization. Providence nursing managers and I are strongly committed to enhancing your personal growth in practice. Our primary focus is nursing excellence, but our journey will also reflect transformational leadership, shared governance and teamwork, exemplary professional practice, use of new knowledge, innovation and research—all verified through documented outcomes of patient care."

Kathy Harren, RN, MHA, CNE
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance – Torrance, CA

Providence nurses are proud of our Magnet hospitals

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Providence Portland Medical Center
Portland, OR

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Mission Hills, CA

Providence St. Vincent Medical CenterProvidence St. Peter Hospital
Olympia, WA

At Providence, our facilities are expected to journey toward Magnet or Pathway to Excellence achievement.


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