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Magnet site visit scheduled for June 19

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Program Office has granted Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center an appraisal site visit, June 19-21, for the final step in the Magnet re-designation process.

Patients, family members, staff and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail, and direct mail. All comments received by phone must be followed up in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Click here for more information on how share a comment.

Beginning August 2016 through April 2017, the ANCC Magnet appraisers reviewed the Medical Center's demographic information, comprehensive 2,700 page written documentation and empirical outcomes demonstrating both nursing and organizational excellence. The written document described, demonstrated and met the 49 sources of evidence required for redesignation.

The 2007 designation focused on nursing structure, processes and outcomes. The 2012 designation focused on both nursing and organizational processes, collaboration, patient outcomes and innovations. The 2017 redesignation includes the Department of Nursing's Professional Practice Model, shared governance structure, interprofessional collaboration, patient safety, quality and innovation.

Redesignation focuses on nursing and organizational patient outcomes. This is the quantitative and qualitative evidence that demonstrates excellence at the unit, departmental, population and organizational level. The site visit assessment is conducted to validate, clarify and amplify the Magnet written documentation, data and celebration of our successes.

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