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Hershey Medical Center nurses recognized at national Magnet conference

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s nursing team was recognized at the American Nurses Credential Center’s National Magnet Conference for earning their fourth consecutive Magnet designation.

Watch a video of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accepting the award at the Oct. 13-15 conference here.

Magnet status is the highest national recognition awarded to a hospital or medical center for excellence in nursing. It is considered the gold standard of patient care. Hershey Medical Center also earned Magnet designation in 2007, 2012 and 2017, making it one of 116 hospitals to be recognized four consecutive times.

The conference brings together nurses and health care stakeholders from across the globe to explore a range of innovative topics, learn about groundbreaking technologies, network with peers and celebrate a year of accomplishments.

In addition, four nurses from Hershey Medical Center received awards for their poster presentations. C. Diff Performance Improvement team members Shelly Keller, nursing professional development specialist, and Patricia Hnatuck, infection control coordinator, won first place for a poster highlighting nurse-driven interventions that led to a three-year improvement in clostridioides difficile rates.

Penn State Cancer Institute Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Manager Stacy Vacchiano and Physician Assistant Alycia Rosendale earned third place for their poster demonstrating how Cancer Institute nurses and advanced practice providers have improved processes and clinic access to reduce hospital admissions or readmissions after chemotherapy.

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