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Duke Raleigh Hospital Named Magnet Hospital

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Molly Tomlinson
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Feb. 17, 2009 For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC - Duke Raleigh Hospital has achieved MagnetTM designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Only five percent of the nation's hospitals have earned this designation, the highest level of national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.  

"It is an honor to receive such prestigious recognition for our hospital and a testament to the extraordinary nurses and entire hospital team who work together every day to provide the very best care to our patients," said Doug Vinsel, chief executive officer of Duke Raleigh Hospital.  

Duke University Health System is the only hospital system in the Triangle with all hospitals receiving Magnet designation.  

"This is the highest honor a U.S. hospital can receive for its nursing program and further supports the exceptional skill and dedication of Duke nursing" said Victor J. Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System.  "For all three of our hospitals to receive this distinction truly signifies the world-class care available to all of our patients."

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services.  Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services.  

Duke Raleigh Hospital was notified of Magnet recognition on February 13 after a three-year-long application process.   "We are so appreciative of the more than 225 employees who were directly involved in this process," said Mary Graff, director of nursing special projects and the Magnet program at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

"Our nursing staff are so deserving of this designation, and I am so proud to be the nursing leader of this amazing group," said Rosemary Brown, chief nursing officer.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve in consumer confidence, recruitment and retention and in maintaining quality of care.  Magnet designation is maintained for four years.  During that period, the ANCC monitors facilities to ensure high standards of care continue to remain.

Duke Raleigh Hospital

Duke Raleigh Hospital, a part of the world-renowned Duke University Health System, is a 186-bed acute-care facility on Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh with services including a cancer center, orthopaedic center, diabetes center, wound healing center, 24-hour emergency department, intensive and critical care, cardiovascular center, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, wellness services and community education. Duke Raleigh Hospital was the first hospital in the state recognized with the Hallmarks for Healthy Workplaces Distinction for nursing excellence. For more information, visit or call 919-954-3293.