AGH Eyes Magnet Designation
BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital is working toward being the third hospital in the state of Maryland designated as Magnet facilities.
Fewer than 300 hospitals world-wide are currently recognized as having the Magnet Designation, the highest international recognition for nursing and clinical excellence, which is used as the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of healthcare provided by an institution.
Just over 5 percent of all healthcare organizations in the United States have been able to achieve Magnet recognition status. Of the hospitals listed on the U.S. News & World Report exclusive 2008 Honor Roll rankings, seven of the top 10 were Magnet hospitals. Additionally in 2008, seven of the 11 healthcare organizations listed in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” were Magnet-recognized facilities or had Magnet facilities in their system.
Atlantic General held a kick-off celebration in mid-November to mark the beginning of the compilation of a document detailing the policies and processes that support their ability to attract and retain highly qualified staff, and including indicators identifying excellence in their delivery of quality patient care. The final validation document will be submitted to the American Nurses Credentialing Center on Oct. 1, 2010 for review by Magnet appraisers before an on-site visit is scheduled.
“The Magnet journey is not for the faint of heart,” said Jeanette Troyer, MSN, RN, Atlantic General Hospital’s Magnet Recognition Program Coordinator. “It is no longer good enough to provide quality patient care. Besides outperforming other hospitals nationally on quality indicators, goals of Magnet Designation now include taking our best practices and sharing them with others to help address issues in healthcare.”
The effort that goes into applying for Magnet status is well worth it – both for associates working at Magnet hospitals and for the communities and patients they serve.
Patients receiving care at Magnet facilities experience lower mortality rates; shorter lengths of stay; decreased risk of falls, medication errors, and complications; and higher satisfaction in overall care.
“While we are aware of deadlines associated with the Magnet Designation process, Magnet is not a destination – it is a continuous journey,” said hospital President and CEO Michael Franklin. “As Atlantic General Hospital has demonstrated over the past couple of years, it is our responsibility to our community to ensure access to the best care available. Achieving Magnet Designation means achieving our mission to our community.”
New Sales Associate
OCEAN CITY – ResortQuest Real Estate is proud to announce Marie Northam has joined the Ocean City office as sales associate.
Originally from Easton, she now resides in Ocean City with her husband and daughter. She will be specializing in the listing and sale of residential resort properties in the Ocean City & Berlin area. She belongs to the Coastal Association of Realtors, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors.
BETHANY BEACH, Del. – ResortQuest Real Estate/Seacoast Realty announced November’s top producers for all eight locations at a recent sales meeting.
Wayne Phillips of the Ocean City office received top honors for listing volume for the month of November. Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Phillips of the Ocean City office; Linda Quasney of the Bayside office; Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Maryhelen Garst of the Bear Trap Dunes office; and Kathy Townsend of the Bethany Beach office.
Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office received top honors for sales volume for the month of November. Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office; Quasney of the Bayside office; Nicole Peterdozzi of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Townsend of the Bethany Beach office; and Pat Eggers of the Chapel Crossing office.
Team Dayna Feher, consisting of Dayna Feher, Kae Quillen, Tammy Hitchens and Jeff Wolfenbarger, of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for listing volume and for sales volume for teams for the month of November. Top listing volume team award by office are Team Dayna for the Bethany Beach office; Team Jen/Ann, consisting of Jennifer Hughes and Anne Powell, for the Bayside office; and Team Colleen/Missy, consisting of Colleen Windrow and Missy Nalewaik, for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office.
Top sales volume team award by office are Team Dayna for the Bethany Beach office and Team Anne/Jen for the Bayside office