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December 15, 2010

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital earns prestigious distinction

Magnet recognition honors outstanding care, positive outcomes

Lake Forest, Ill. – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital announced today that it has earned Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). According to the ANCC, the Magnet Recognition Program gives its honor to hospitals that demonstrate quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a hospital staff. Only six percent of hospitals across the country, and fewer than 400 hospitals worldwide, have achieved this distinction.

“ANCC Magnet Recognition is considered the gold standard, the most prestigious international distinction a hospital can receive for nursing excellence and outstanding patient care, “said Thomas J. McAfee, President of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “This honor is a testament to the outstanding work our caregivers perform each and every day. I cannot imagine a staff who is more worthy of this achievement.”

“This is a monumental day for our patient care team,” said Kimberly Nagy, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “It validates the countless stories we hear from community members about their wonderful experiences with our staff.”

To be considered for Magnet Recognition, the hospital underwent a rigorous evaluation. Nagy spearheaded the process and led a hospital-wide Magnet team to prepare the necessary programs and the hospital’s application. The process culminated with a three-day, intensive visit from the Magnet staff in October.

The designation is meaningful not only for the nursing staff, but for all hospital physicians and employees and the community served by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

“This is a gold star for the hospital,” Nagy said. “Magnet Recognition will help us attract and retain the highest quality nurses, physicians and staff and will give our patients the utmost confidence in the care they receive. This is great news for the community we call home.”

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.