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The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is Named a National Magnet® Hospital

NYEE Named a National Magnet® HospitalNEW YORK, NY (September 2009) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, located at 310 E. 14th Street in Manhattan, has achieved Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing services and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. It is often referred to as the “gold standard” in a hospital’s provision of patient care services.

New York Eye and Ear is now the fourth hospital in New York City to receive Magnet status. Nationwide, there are approximately 300 recipients, only 5% of eligible hospitals. It is the first Eye and Ear specialty hospital to achieve this recognition.

NYEE President & CEO D. McWilliams Kessler said, “Earning Magnet status is a tremendous achievement for The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, but it doesn’t change who we are. It is an honor that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of our entire staff and reinforces the core values by which we all do our jobs every day.”

Sonja S. Tennaro, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, said, “I am proud to acknowledge the tremendous effort of the many staff in Nursing and every department who contributed to the rigorous application process which was called the ‘Magnet journey’. Nursing practice is an essential part of healthcare and the Magnet award is the ultimate benchmark for nursing excellence and patient care.”

Research shows that Magnet hospitals offer benefits to the communities and patients they serve. Magnet facilities consistently outperform others in recruiting and retaining quality nurses. High caliber specialists are attracted to hospitals with Magnet status. Studies also show that patient confidence levels improve at Magnet hospitals.

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, founded in 1820, has the distinction of being the first specialty hospital in the nation and, today, one of the busiest. Its major departments are Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, performing more than 25,000 surgical procedures and 225,000 outpatient visits a year. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is a member of Continuum Health Partners and an affiliated teaching hospital of New York Medical College.

American Nurses Credentialing Center is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the US. NYEE’s Magnet status is valid for four years.

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