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UPMC Shadyside Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

PITTSBURGH, March 17, 2010 – UPMC Shadyside has earned Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide have been granted Magnet status, one of the highest achievements an organization can obtain in professional nursing. UPMC St. Margaret achieved Magnet status in 2009.

“Magnet status recognizes excellence in nursing. It also further demonstrates the teamwork and commitment of our entire hospital staff who work daily to provide the highest quality care possible for our patients,” said Sandy Rader, R.N., chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services, UPMC Shadyside. “This achievement is reflective of the whole organization. We are very proud of UPMC Shadyside for achieving this difficult-to-obtain designation. It is an example of UPMC’s mission to improve lives in western Pennsylvania by providing excellence in patient care and promoting a healthy work culture.”

Magnet candidates must undergo a rigorous and lengthy application and evaluation process that includes extensive interviews and review of all aspects of nursing services. To earn Magnet status, hospitals must clearly demonstrate a commitment to excellence on all levels of nursing practice and adhere to national standards for organization and delivery of nursing services. Magnet hospitals are recognized for building and supporting a continuous culture of transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary evidence-based practice, advanced training, new knowledge application and innovations with measurable outcomes proving quality patient care. The designation is valid for four years, during which time the ANCC monitors the hospital to ensure that high patient care standards remain intact. The ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.

About UPMC Shadyside

UPMC Shadyside is a 517-bed tertiary care hospital that has been serving the residents of Pittsburgh and the tri-state area since 1866. UPMC Shadyside offers primary medical care; physician and nursing education; and a broad range of specialties that include cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, geriatrics, gynecology, vascular medicine, endocrinology and more.

About UPMC

UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania’s largest employer, with 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics and sports medicine, among others. UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world’s leading multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Qatar and Japan. For more information about UPMC, visit our Web site at www.upmc.com.

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