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Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital achieves Magnet Recognition for nursing

Designation honors nursing, commitment to high-quality patient care, work environment

McHENRY, ILL. – Jan. 21, 2021 – Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital has achieved Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. The designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center is the highest honor for professional nursing practice, and only about eight percent of hospitals across the nation achieve this recognition.

“This honor celebrates the exceptional way our nurses care for our patients and community,” said Nick Rave, president of Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. “They collaborate closely with other professionals to bring the most advanced nursing care to our patients. Magnet Recognition also means our organization supports nurses so they can be their very best on a professional and on a personal level. It is an important acknowledgement that we have created a wonderful environment for our patients and our staff.”

Hospitals voluntarily go through the ANCC’s rigorous review process to demonstrate their commitment to patients and to nurses. Patients benefit from the high-quality care provided by Magnet-recognized organizations, and nurses seek employment at hospitals that make their professional growth and satisfaction a priority.

“For many years, nursing has been considered the most trusted profession in the United States,” said Catie Schmit, chief nursing executive at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. “This year, more than any other that we can remember, patients and families have trusted our nurses to provide the best clinical care and the most compassionate emotional support. COVID-19 has brought to light what we have always known – nursing is a profession that compels us to bring our best selves to work each day. We seek new knowledge and innovation to enhance the care we provide our patients. This is the perfect time to receive Magnet Recognition.”

The interdisciplinary teamwork at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital was another key element of the Magnet review process. Surveyors closely examined the way nurses and other departments work together to provide safe, effective care for patients.

“This achievement goes beyond nursing to touch every member of our organization,” Schmit said. “We are all equally dedicated to our patients-first mission, and we are celebrating this achievement together. We are thankful to every employee and physician for their partnership and dedication to this effort. It’s a direct reflection of the way we care for our community and for each other.”