Special Honor for UW Hospital and Clinics

Posted Saturday, February 7, 2009 --- 9:15 a.m.

Press release from UW Health:

MADISON - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been named by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as the top academic medical center for the overall quality of nursing care.

"This is one of the highest honors a health care organization and its nursing staff can receive,” said Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the hospital. “It is a true testament of the exceptional nursing professionals we have at UW Hospital and Clinics. They deliver care that results in healthier patients.”

The hospital and nursing staff received the award based on the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), which collects data on the role of nursing in patient outcomes. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved sustained overall excellence in nursing quality indicators. Hospitals were graded on indicators including patient falls prevention and nurse turnover.

"Every nurse at UW Hospital and Clinics is responsible for this honor because of the dedication and commitment they bring to patient care every day,” said McCausland. “It confirms what we already know - that UW Hospital nurses make an enormous and positive difference in the lives of patients and families.”

The award was presented to UW Hospital and Clinics on January 23rd during the NDNQI annual conference in Dallas. The nursing quality database was created in 1998 as part of the ANA’s Safety and Quality Initiative.

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