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The Methodist Hospital receives prestigious nursing award

Houston, TX - 10/12/2012

The Methodist Hospital in Houston has received the 2012 Magnet Prize Honors Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Cerner Corporation for its success in reducing sepsis-related mortality.

The award, the second highest honor bestowed by ANCC, recognizes up to two organizations with unique programs in which innovative action transforms nursing practice. It was established by the ANCC board of directors to encourage the pursuit of excellence and acknowledge peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations.  The Methodist Hospital is the sole Magnet Honors recipient this year.

The winning entry from Methodist highlighted the use of a nurse practitioner-led sepsis screen team to quickly identify, monitor and treat patients with sepsis. Since being implemented in October 2009, 465 lives were saved from this initiative through 2011. In addition, the costs associated with acute and follow-up care for those patients could have been as much as $13.5 million -- over $6.5 million dollars in inpatient Medicare payments for 2011 alone. Due to such positive outcomes, The Methodist Hospital recently received a $14 million CMS grant to spread the program throughout Texas.

“The Magnet Prize Committee reviewed over 45 submissions and was impressed by all of the nominations received,” said ANCC president Michael Evans, Ph.D., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., F.A.A.N. “Methodist’s stood out for its innovation, clear evidence of leadership role in interdisciplinary collaboration, and the extremely impressive outcomes in early identification of patients with sepsis in the relatively short time that this approach has been implemented.” 

“Nurses at Methodist remain at the forefront in the early identification of symptoms related to sepsis, and the increased focus throughout our institution has played an essential role in saving lives,” said Ann Scanlon McGinity, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN ,senior vice president and chief nurse executive at The Methodist Hospital. “The is recognizing our positive outcomes with its Magnet Honors award, which validates our high standards of care and best practices in the battle against sepsis, which has become a growing problem in many of our nation’s health care facilities.”