Arlington Heights, IL (PRWEB) September 09, 2013
A group of Dutch nurses recently visited Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) to shadow their counterparts and learn more about NCH’s nursing excellence and clinical care.
NCH is among the best hospitals in the country for nursing care and has held the prestigious designation of Magnet Status for nursing excellence since 2006 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. NCH has achieved excellence through quality of care, use of best practices, and integration of a team-based delivery care model among physicians, nurses and therapists.
The Dutch visitors spent four days at NCH and took in educational presentations before learning how their nursing peers at NCH worked in various clinical units.
“It is exciting to have this international connection,” says Vicky Goeddeke, Magnet Recognition and Nursing Excellence Program Manager at NCH. “We discuss patient and nursing satisfaction, respect among peers and collegiality among physicians.”
Magnet status, earned by just 6.9 percent of all U.S. hospitals, is considered the gold standard in nursing excellence. Magnet hospitals have been proven to have better patient outcomes, lower mortality rates, increased patient satisfaction, shorter lengths of stay, higher nurse-to-patient ratios, and greater success at attracting and retaining the best healthcare professionals.
NCH plans to host Dutch nurses for another visit in 2014.
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About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit http://www.nch.org.