Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Recognition With Prestigious Magnet® Designation

October 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) has achieved Magnet® designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary hospital recognition program is considered the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice.

The OSUCCC – James is one of 25 organizations in Ohio to earn this prestigious recognition. Only 393 hospitals out of more than 6,000 have earned Magnet status across the United States. It is the only freestanding cancer hospital in the Midwest to hold this designation.

“We believe that The OSUCCC – James has been Magnet worthy for a long time. The official designation from the Magnet Commission simply confirms that excellent care is delivered to our cancer patients and families by our staff every day,” said Susan Brown, PhD, chief nursing officer for the OSUCCC-James.

Magnet Recognition Process
To achieve Magnet designation, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process that involves widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. Organizations whose document scores in the excellence range, are then invited to host a multi-day site visit with trained Magnet appraisers who verify, clarify and amplify what was written in the document.

“Our team voted unanimously to grant The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Magnet status,” said Deborah Zimmermann, chair of the Commission on Magnet in her call to the OSUCCC – James staff notifying them of achieving Magnet status. “Your nurses are innovative and creative in their delivery of care and very proud of what they accomplish.”

The Magnet commission cited what they called “a long list of what is extraordinary about the OSUCCC – James,” including:

  • Patient satisfaction scores consistently higher than the national average,
  • Commitment to relationship-based care as the foundation for the professional practice model that results in positive patient experiences,
  • Nursing support of the protection of human rights of participants in research studies
  • A robust nursing research program, and
  • The dissemination of nursing knowledge generated through nursing research

“Magnet recognition reinforces a commitment to providing excellent nursing care. It’s hard to capture on paper the passion, enthusiasm, caring and commitment that our nursing team exhibits every day,” added Brown. “We are so honored by this recognition. It is a credit to the more than 800 nurses who work at The James.”

Video: See the OSUCCC – James nursing staff learn of their Magnet designation: http://youtu.be/IlF5gGEq4wI


Media Contact:
Amanda J. Harper, Director of Media Relations
614-293-3737, or Amanda.Harper2@osumc.edu

About the OSUCCC-James
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 228-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S.News & World Report.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) 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. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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Amanda Harper

Director of Media Relations

614-685-5420 (direct)

614-293-3737 (main)


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