Passavant Gets Magnet Designation Again

By Ryne Turke on March 21 at 7:14am

Chester Wynn (left) and Karen Daum (right) speak by telephone to officials with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Passavant Area Hospital held a celebration yesterday for a very special announcement.

The hospital is now officially re-designated in the Magnet Recognition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. About 100 hospital employees and staff members gathered as vice president and chief nursing officer Karen Daum and hospital CEO Chester Wynn conducted a phone call with ANCC officials.

As Daum notes, the purpose behind Magnet is to recognize nursing excellence as well as innovations in the nursing practice.

“It’s similar to a good housekeeping seal of approval that we provide excellent nursing care and excellent patient care in our community Hospital,” says Daum.

Normally it takes a hospital over 3 months to learn if the hospital is magnet certified. Wynn praises the work the hospital has done to pull this off so quickly.

“We’re good there is just no better way to put it,” says Wynn. “This kind of validates the fact Passavant Hospital is a good hospital.”

“There are 401 Magnet organizations internationally and we are one of them.  There are only 37 in the state of Illinois and we are the smallest. I think that says something about Passavent, you can be small and you can be mighty and we are.”

According to Daum none of this would have been possible without the Passavant staff and community support.

“Absolutely its all about the staff and the hard work,” Daum says. “It’s also about the community support that we have for our hospital.”

“We have excellent support from our physicians, board and everyone who works here and touches our patients is responsible and accountable for this award,” says Daum.