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Amita Health Adventist Medical Centers Hinsdale and La Grange have achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. health care organizations receive the prestigious honor, which represents the pinnacle of nursing achievement, according to Mary Murphy, vice president and chief nursing officer, Amita Health Hinsdale and La Grange, and regional chief nursing officer for Amita’s South Region.

Amita Health Hinsdale earned Magnet re-designation after receiving its initial designation in 2015, while Amita Health La Grange earned its initial four-year recognition.

The two hospitals applied for Magnet consideration as a single entity with two campuses. ANCC also recognized them as best-practice exemplars for exceptional performance in central line-associated blood stream infections rates and door-to-balloon time, a key measure of quality in emergency treatment of heart-attack patients.

Magnet recognition serves as a tool for the public to judge hospital quality, and U.S. News & World Report includes Magnet recognition among the ranking criteria in its annual “Best Hospitals” report.

“This recognition shows our patients and the communities we serve that they can count on receiving excellent care when they turn to us for their health care needs,” said Susan Herrmann, director of Magnet and float staffing for Amita Health Hinsdale and La Grange.

Murphy also offered words of praise.

“I am incredibly proud of our nursing staff, and I congratulate our entire team for this stellar achievement,” she said. “It reflects their amazing talents, energy and commitment, and we are deeply grateful for the work they do every day to provide the highest-quality care and an outstanding patient experience.”

The Magnet program measures hospitals’ performance in terms of quality, patient experience and nursing engagement, as well as their commitment to nursing research and nursing professional development and education.

“It takes a village to earn this recognition, and the effort raises the bar for continuous improvements for nursing excellence,” Herrmann said. “It’s fantastic to receive this honor, and now, our Magnet journey continues.”


Scott Pitts beat out classmates Ani Girish, Emmet Kelly, Jimmy Draddy, Hari Rao, Brennan Walsh and Stewart Leigh to take the title of Mr. Hinsdale Jan. 23 at Hinsdale Central High School.

Each candidate performed an opening dance number and in lip sync, talent, spirit and formalwear competitions.

The event raised $2,000 for the People’s Resource Center, Central’s All School Charity Project.


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