Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Redesignated Magnet Status - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on January 26, 2010

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Is First Freestanding Rehabilitation Hospital to Achieve Second Magnet Recognition

Achievement puts RIC in top 2% of nation's hospitals to attain a second consecutive, four-year recognition

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation's #1 rehabilitation hospital, was granted Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program for excellence in nursing services making RIC the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the nation to receive two consecutive Magnet Recognition designations. American Nurses Credentialing Center

This Magnet designation indicates that RIC's nursing practice exceeds the nation's highest standards of excellence in the healthcare field. In fact, this moves RIC into an elite group of only 2% of the nation's nearly 6,000 hospitals that have achieved two, consecutive Magnet recognition designations.

To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment demonstrating RIC's commitment to excellence, said Laura Ferrio, RN, MSN, MBA, CRRN, vice president of patient care services and chief nurse executive (CNE). To retain Magnet status for another four years really emphasizes RIC's dedication to consistently meeting the highest standards of care possible to advance patient ability at RIC.

Demonstrating Quality Outcomes

According to the ANCC, RIC was granted recognition primarily due to a strong exhibition of excellent patient outcomes and use of innovative nursing practices to deliver the highest quality of patient-centered care. Achieving this consecutive Magnet recognition demonstrates RIC's commitment to nursing and the importance of nursing in achieving great patient outcomes, said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president & CEO, RIC. Nurses are the keystones in RIC's unique model of care and this Magnet designation reflects the importance of the nurse in fueling RIC's vision to advance patient ability ”our ultimate purpose” helping patients to recover and return to the joys of life.

The Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care recognizing excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital's resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome – involving repair, regeneration, and recovery of neurological and bone/joint function.

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record six federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, and rehabilitation engineering research. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute care market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, and technology transfer.