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March 21, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Akron General Achieves Magnet Status
Fewer than 400 hospitals nationwide earn prestigious honor

Outstanding nursing care that has long been the hallmark of Akron General was validated once again when the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) this week bestowed “Magnet” status on Akron General and the more than 1,000 nurses who work at Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s three Health & Wellness Centers.

ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, grants Magnet status when a health care organization reflects nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Fewer than 400 of the country’s 6,000+ hospitals have earned this prestigious honor during ANCC’s 23 years of awarding Magnet designation.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, Akron General had to pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff and, ultimately, proved that the organization met national benchmarks for several criteria, including patient outcomes and satisfaction, nursing practice, education and involvement in decision-making.

“The Magnet designation is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all our nurses,” said Beverly Bokovitz, Akron General’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “Our patients are always placed at the center of all we do and the Magnet honor certainly verifies that commitment.”

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world,
recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and
professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold
standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for
measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and
current statistics, visit

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