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Fox Chase Awarded Magnet Status for Excellence in Nursing

Magnet statusAccredited since 2000, 
re-accredited again 
in 2009 and November 2013

In September 2000, the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center became the nation's first comprehensive cancer center and Pennsylvania's first hospital to receive Magnet status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC has renewed this honor everytime it's come up for renewal, in 2004, 2009, and again in November 2013.

Institutions applying for ANCC Magnet® Designation must pass a rigorous review, designed to demonstrate superior nursing and excellence in patient care. Magnet status is valid for 4 years, after which the recipient must reapply. Fox Chase Cancer Center was the 19th institution in the country to receive the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award and the third to be redesignated. The Center is also the first in Pennsylvania and the first acute specialty hospital in the country to receive Magnet status.

Magnet institutions are recognized nationally for their commitment to quality nursing care. "The overall goal of the program is to identify excellence in nursing and to recognize institutions that act as a 'magnet' by creating a work environment that recognizes and rewards professional nursing," says Joanne Hambleton, Vice-President, Nursing and Patient Services at Fox Chase.

"We believe in the individual and group excellence of our nursing staff, and now a national review board has also recognized our nurses for their superb quality of care," says Hambleton.

"We are very proud of our outstanding nursing staff and their achievement in sustaining this prestigious status since 2000," says Anne Jadwin, RN, MSN, AOCN, NE-BC, Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer. "The fact that only 7% of hospitals in the country have received Magnet re-designation speaks to the magnitude of this accomplishment."

The Magnet Nursing Recognition Program, established in 1993, is the American Nurses Association's highest honor. Thanks to superb nursing specialists, Fox Chase Cancer Center can offer each patient the highest quality care.