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Fox Chase Receives Magnet Status for the Third Time in a Row

PHILADELPHIA (February 17, 2009) — Fox Chase Cancer Center, the first acute care hospital in Pennsylvania and specialty hospital in the country to receive Magnet status, has been designated for the third time in a row — now making it the first hospital in Pennsylvania to have achieved two successful Magnet renewals. This designation is the nation's highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and is one of the benchmarks used to measure the quality of care patients receive.

"Our success in achieving our third Magnet designation highlights our ability to sustain magnet excellence over the past decade. Each designation period since 2000 has required us to remain focused on nursing excellence, innovation and collaboration to insure that we remain committed to fostering excellence in nursing practice and patient care," says Joanne M. Hambleton, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services at Fox Chase. "Achieving this status three times in a row demonstrates Fox Chase Cancer Center's sustaining commitment to nursing and to the needs of our patients. I could not be prouder of the individual and group contributions of our entire staff."

The Magnet Program provides a framework to recognize excellence in: the management philosophy and practices of nursing services; adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel; and attention to the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their significant others, as well as to the care providers in the system.

Published research has shown that hospitals with Magnet designation have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the workplace. Patients receiving care at Magnet hospitals have been recorded as experiencing lower mortality rates and greater satisfaction during their stay, and are able to go home sooner.

"We are very proud of our outstanding nursing staff and their achievement in earning this prestigious status for the third time in a row," says Michael V. Seiden, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Fox Chase. "The fact that only 2% of hospitals in the country have received Magnet re-designation speaks to the magnitude of this accomplishment."

The Magnet Nursing Recognition Program was established in 1993 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Institutions applying for Magnet status must pass a rigorous review, designed to demonstrate superior nursing and excellence in patient care. Magnet status is valid for four years, after which the recipient must reapply.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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