Edward Hospital in Naperville has been recognized for a fourth time with the highest national honor for nursing: Magnet status in nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The hospital received the designation Tuesday, signaling the 1,200 nurses who work at Edward are highly trained, collaborative and involved in the process of improving care for patients, said Lynn Cochran, chief nursing officer.

“Magnet certification is a very welcome recognition and a symbol of clinical excellence,” Cochran said.

Edward first gained the certification in 2005, then earned it again in 2010 and 2014. The application process takes roughly a year and includes compiling a 1,000-page application, documenting data on patient care and hosting credentialing staffers for a site visit.

Receiving Magnet status for a fourth time places Edward among only eight hospitals in Illinois and 100 in the U.S. to do so. Overall, there are 45 health care organizations with Magnet status in Illinois, and roughly 500 in the nation.

Picture Source: Courtesy of Edward-Elmhurst Health

SOURCE ( Marie Wilson / www.dailyherald.com)