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2012 was a banner year for White Plains Hospital’s
nurses. The hospital’s commitment to exceptional patient
care, teamwork, and professionalism earned the orga-
nization the prestigious Magnet
®
recognition from the
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This
achievement has been awarded to less than seven percent
of the nation’s nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations.
Moreover, White Plains Hospital is one of only 19 health-
care organizations in New York State to receive this honor.
It’s a distinction not just for nurses, but for all
of White Plains Hospital, and serves as an indicator of
exceptionally high-quality care. Magnet organizations not
only provide extraordinary nursing care, but Magnet-quality
care throughout all parts of the hospital. The public knows
the value of the designation and seeks Magnet-recog-
nized healthcare institutions. “Patients today are educated
consumers,” said Leigh Anne McMahon, R.N., Senior Vice
President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer.
“We value their perceptions, and we use their input to
guide and improve our practices.”
A key component of the lengthy Magnet appli-
cation process is the reporting of outcomes which must
meet or exceed established standards for delivering care.
Those outcomes have also been recognized by the Joint
Commission, which cited White Plains Hospital’s perfor-
mance as being better than the national average for the
care of heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, as well
as the prevention of surgical infections.
These accolades have not gone unnoticed by
one of the most publicly known surveys of health care in
this nation:
U.S. News & World Report’s
“Best Hospitals”
edition, which is released every July. In 2012, White Plains
Hospital was recognized in this publication as one of the
top regional hospitals in New York, and for high-performing
excellence in geriatrics and gynecology.
Patients agree. According to 2012 HCAHPS (Hos-
pital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and
Systems) data, 97.9 percent of White Plains Hospital inpa-
tients would recommend the hospital to others. The hospital
boasts other impressive quality measures from 2012, includ-
ing a hospital-acquired infection rate well below the national
average and a ranking in the top 10 percent nationally for
pain management.
In the earliest days of the Hospital’s history, the
original facility had no running water and limited electric-
ity. The leading causes of death following cardiovascular
diseases were influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Today, diligent efforts aimed at enforcing hand washing
compliance and maintaining a sterile environment have
contributed to a record low hospital-acquired condition
(HAC) rate.
Exceptional Quality Care
99.9
%
ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION
98.9
%
HEART FAILURE
98.7
%
SURGICAL CARE
98.0
%
COMMUNITY ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA
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