2009-06-11 / About Town

Newport Hospital nurses earn health care’s most coveted recognition

Newport Hospital was notified this week that it has received redesignation of the prestigious Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 2 percent of hospitals in the United States achieve designation more than once.

The credentialing center uses stringent criteria to thoroughly evaluate all areas of patient care, including best practices in nursing, management philosophy, national standards for quality, nurse leadership and education, and professional models of care. A rigorous evaluation includes an on-site visit, which for Newport Hospital took place on March 11 and 12.

Vice president for patient care and chief nursing officer Cathy Duquette says the Magnet commission chair, Gail Wolf, told her the decision was unanimous and that the group was very impressed with Newport Hospital’s nurses. “Not many hospitals can do what you do,” Wolf told Duquette.

In an email to Newport Hospital staff, Duquette said that the nursing division is supported by all hospital departments, so each employee is a factor in the Magnet decision. Magnet hospitals demonstrate better medical outcomes, faster recovery times and higher patient satisfaction than other hospitals.

Newport Hospital is the only hospital in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to hold both the Magnet and the Baby Friendly designation.

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