Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Achieves Magnet® Designation

August 16, 2013

Learn about the achievements of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (August 16, 2013) – Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, which comprises Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, has achieved Magnet® designation, the “gold standard” for nursing’s contribution to quality patient care, safety, research, and service excellence. 

The designation has been granted by the Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It places Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, the largest center in the country dedicated to the care of women, infants, and children, in an elite class of 396 hospitals (less than eight percent) throughout the United States that have achieved Magnet® designation.

“We’re very excited to receive Magnet® designation and extremely proud of the work our nurses have done to reach this level,” says Louise Kaigle, chief nursing officer at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “The Magnet® designation means our team has committed to being among the best in providing quality patient care and nurturing a work environment built on superior collaboration, professionalism, and clinical excellence.”

Magnet® designation is a highly-coveted distinction by healthcare organizations around the country. The achievement provides tangible benefits for patients and nurses. Magnet® hospitals typically show higher patient satisfaction scores, lower rates of infection, lower incidence of pressure ulcers, a higher standard of nursing education, greater outperformance of common nursing benchmarks, and more collaboration between healthcare providers. 

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies began the multi-year process of achieving Magnet® designation when it submitted an application to the ANCC in October 2011. Major steps along the journey included development and submission of an electronic 2,000-page document providing evidence of how the hospital met the high quality criteria of Magnet® designation, a three-day site visit by ANCC appraisers who validate, verify, and amplify compliance to the Magnet® model, and an 8-10-week review period where a Magnet® committee of appraisers reviews reports to determine final status.

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies received high marks during the Magnet® review process for:

• Exceeding set goals for national specialty certification (>35%) and bachelor in nursing degrees (>50%) among direct-care nurses. 
• Nursing leadership development and mentoring programs, and succession planning. 
• Retention and longevity of nurse leaders that have been promoted from within the organization.
• Quality indicators such as pressure ulcers, infection rates, and pain management.
• Community relations and affiliations with nursing schools. 
• Ethics structure, including an ethics committee and proactive ethics rounding in the neonatal intensive care unit.
• Inter-professional collaboration such as nurse-physician relationships, high level of engagement of other disciplines, and assurance of continuity of care across all settings. 
• Strong family-centered care
“It takes an extraordinary amount of work and commitment by our team members at all levels to reach Magnet® designation,” says Kathy Swanson, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “It is a clear testament to the community that Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies places the care of our patients at the center of what we do and provides the highest quality of care.”

ORLANDO HEALTH ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL for CHILDREN 
Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area, and is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.

 
ORLANDO HEALTH WINNIE PALMER HOSPITAL for WOMEN & BABIES
Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is a 285-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of women and babies. The hospital includes comprehensive fetal diagnostics and labor and delivery services, a regional center for neonatal intensive care, maternal intensive care and women’s services. Annually, more than 14,000 babies are expected to be born at Winnie Palmer Hospital, making it the busiest labor and delivery unit in the state of Florida. To learn more, visit www.winniepalmerhospital.com.