SOURCE: Clarian Health

Clarian Health

March 19, 2010 17:49 ET

Clarian Health Partner Bloomington Hospital Receives Magnet Designation

BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) -  On Thursday, March 18, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that Bloomington Hospital, a Clarian Health partner, has achieved Magnet designation. This is among the highest honors in nursing; only six percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved this designation.

The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive.

More than 100 people gathered in Bloomington Hospital's Wegmiller Auditorium to receive yesterday's call announcing the hospital's Magnet designation. Team members from across the organization, representing nursing, leadership, non-clinical departments and administration, came together to celebrate.

"Magnet designation is the gold standard of patient care. This is a great accomplishment for our nurses and our entire Bloomington Hospital team," says Ruth Ann Morris, chief nursing officer at Bloomington Hospital. "Magnet designation is a learning and growth journey. It recognizes our excellence in nursing, but also the excellence that spans our entire hospital culture."

To qualify for Magnet designation, organizations submit an extensive application demonstrating how they exemplify excellence in nursing. If the application is accepted, Magnet surveyors come on-site for three full days and interact with nurses and other employees throughout the organization. The surveyors look to ensure the 14 Forces of Magnetism, everything from nursing leadership to quality care and community outreach, are demonstrated across the organization.

"The Magnet surveyors witnessed our values in action. This is truly a team accomplishment and I am so proud of our team," Morris says.

Bloomington Hospital will hold Magnet designation for four years and will then undergo the application and survey process again.

About Bloomington Hospital
Bloomington Hospital, a Clarian Health Partner, has been innovative in providing quality care to south central Indiana communities for more than a century. Offering a comprehensive continuum of care, Bloomington Hospital is a not-for-profit organization serving 10 counties in south central Indiana (Brown, Daviess, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington). Bloomington Hospital currently operates two hospital campuses (Bloomington and Orange County) with regional specialty offerings for Heart and Vascular, Behavioral Health, Cancer, Women and Children, Neurology and Orthopedic services. As a leading hospital in Indiana, Bloomington Hospital enhances health by advancing the art and science of medicine through the use of new technologies, procedures and care.

About Clarian Health
As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine -- the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research. Learn more at