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Advocate Good Shepherd earns Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence

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December 16, 2013, Barrington, IL -- Today, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital achieved MagnetŪ recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition ProgramŪ -- an accomplishment shared by only about 391 hospitals nationally of the nearly 6,000 registered hospitals in the United States.

"Clearly, high quality care requires great nurses as well as a high degree of collaboration between physicians and other caregivers," said Karen Lambert, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President. "Being recognized as a Magnet hospital is further validation of the excellent care being provided at Good Shepherd Hospital. Congratulations to the nurses of Good Shepherd and to the community of physicians, other caregivers, support staff and volunteers who are committed to delivering world class healthcare to the people we serve."

Good Shepherd Hospital received Magnet status on December 16 after a rigorous, two-year evaluation process that included an extensive application, interviews and a three day, on-site survey by ANCC appraisers. In order to qualify for Magnet status, Good Shepherd Hospital had to meet criteria in 14 different standards, including Quality of Nursing Leadership, Organizational Style, Quality of Care, Nurses as Teachers and Professional Development.

"Each and every one of our associates excel in the delivery of excellent care to our community," said Marianne Araujo RN, PhD, Chief Nurse Executive at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. "We are proud of our entire team of associates and their work."

Magnet recognition is the highest distinction a hospital can receive for outstanding nursing care. Hospitals that achieve Magnet status are noteworthy for their quality, excellence and innovation in nursing, showing improved overall patient outcomes, shorter lengths of patient stay, higher rates of patient satisfaction and greater cost-efficiency.

"Good Shepherd truly provides a collaborative environment for all of us to practice and have the safest and best quality outcomes for our patients," said Thomas Meyer MD, President of the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Medical Staff. "The outstanding nurses who have led this effort and our entire hospital team truly are to be commended for their accomplishments."

Magnet recognition is a much-sought-after distinction for health care institutions. It recognizes hospitals for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Appraisers look at a combination of factors and best practices in order to evaluate the culture of care at a given institution. They award Magnet status for a collaborative, interdisciplinary team approach to care that recognizes nursing as a vital part of the team.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. For the second consecutive year, Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across the Chicago area and Central Illinois in 2012. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's Top 5 largest health systems by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across the Chicago area and Central Illinois in 2011.