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UK Hospital Celebrates its First Year
as a Magnet Hospital

By Tammy J. Gay

Karen Stefaniak, chief nursing officer, UK Hospital Nursing Services, congratulates a UK nurse on one year of magnet status.

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"For UK Hospital, patient care is our highest priority, and the Magnet Award recognizes the staff's commitment to quality patient care."

-- Joseph Claypool,
director,
UK Hospital

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Lexington, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2002) -- University of Kentucky Hospital staff held a reception today to celebrate the first anniversary of being named a Magnet Hospital.

UK Hospital was the first in Lexington - and only the 38th of almost 6,000 hospitals in the nation - to achieve the recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

"Just as a magnet attracts and retains, so this designation means we attract and retain nurses and patients," said Karen Stefaniak, Ph.D., R.N., chief nursing officer, UK Hospital Nursing Services. "Being a Magnet Hospital is an ongoing challenge because we have to report any changes that take place during the four years between award applications."

Since becoming a Magnet Hospital, Stefaniak's office gets at least three to four phone calls or e-mails each day from other hospitals and nursing facilities requesting speakers, site visits and leadership advice.

"For UK Hospital, patient care is our highest priority, and the Magnet Award recognizes the staff's commitment to quality patient care," said Joseph Claypool, director, UK Hospital.

According to a report in the March 2000 American Journal of Nursing, a study found Magnet Hospitals had a 4.6 percent lower mortality rate for Medicare patients; a 60 percent lower death rate for AIDS patients; higher nurse-to-patient ratios; and shorter lengths of stay for patients.


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