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The Rules of Attraction:
Magnet is ON!
PHOTOS BY MARK GAVIN
The Magnet Journey Begins Pinnacle Health System-Community General Hospital,
Magnet status is an award granted by the American Nurses Pinnacle Health System-Harrisburg Hospital, Pinnacle
Credentialing Center (ANCC) to hospitals that satisfy criteria Health System-Polyclinic Hospital and the Western
designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. Pennsylvania Hospital.
Magnet certification is so-called because of its rule of attrac- The Challenge
tion--Magnet hospitals report higher job satisfaction among “Magnet requires a paradigm shift—a change in the way
nurses, which means higher retention and less turnover. No all of us are accustomed to looking at and approaching
wonder: the Magnet process not only formally recognizes the what we do,” says Pettinicchi. “As the cartoon character
importance of nursing to a hospital’s success, it ensures nurses Pogo said years ago, ‘We has met the enemy and he is us.’
participate in the decision-making process when it comes to That’s the greatest obstacle, changing our way of thinking.
patient care and hospital governance. The second is getting the word out.”
As Theodore Pettinicchi, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Educator, says, We asked Pettinicchi to help us visualize the
PPMC already exhibits all of these qualities, of course. It’s that journey. If we just began a 26-mile marathon,
this professionalism will grow as we continue the Magnet where would we be?
“Marathons have an ending,” he said.
The Company You Keep “Magnet does not.”
The Commission on Magnet Recognition Program® recog-
nizes 281 health-care organizations in 45 states, as well as one Good point. But we are, officially, at the beginning. Last
in Australia and one in New Zealand, for their excellence in Friday, February 15, a crowd of approximately 70 PPMC
nursing service. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania staff gathered in the Wright Saunders lobby to “sign on”
is still celebrating reaching Magnet status just last June, with to Magnet journey.
the additional honor of being the first academic medical center
in Pennsylvania to achieve Magnet status. The crowd, adorned with stethoscopes, beads and smiles,
cheered on as the banner was christened with its first sig-
In addition to HUP, Magnet-certified health organizations in natures. The room was full and cake was cut readied as
Pennsylvania include Abington Memorial Hospital, Children’s Michele Volpe, Executive Director and CEO of PPMC,
Hospital of Philadelphia, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Lancaster asked, “Are we excited?”
General Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health
Network, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, Paoli Check back with the Presby Bulletin for continued
Hospital, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, updates to benchmark our journey toward Magnet!
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PPMC & Sodexho Team Up to
Two-Day Project Management Course
PPMC has kicked off an initiative to
When: Friday, March 14th go green by increasing recycling as
Friday, March 28th well as segregating and disposing
waste in an
Where: 3930 Chestnut St.
environmentally friendly manner.
Time: 8:30am – 5pm
In the next week, every employee will
This program, facilitated by adjunct faculty of receive a letter detailing fundamentals of the
Penn State, provides a basic “nuts and bolts” program. The strategy is built on the concept of
overview of project management and a review Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. The recycling component
of project management tools, methods and will include: paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, cans, printer
structure. Participants will leave with a step- cartridges, batteries, light bulbs and electronic waste.
by-step methodology to follow to more effec-
tively and efficiently manage projects. Additionally, the other waste streams such as regulated medical
waste and confidential documents will be monitored to reduce the
volume of these waste streams. Smaller red medical waste con-
tainers will be placed closer to point of generation to encourage
• Identify key stages of project management
• Describe the major tools for project plan-
ning, scheduling and resource allocation
Presently the facility is also evaluating a few possible product
• Explain key actions to minimize project changes which could improve employee safety. The goal is to
achieve "green" certification for our waste practices within twelve
• Describe appropriate monitoring and months. We encourage you to support our efforts to help save the
environment in your daily actions.
• Plan, prioritize, implement and measure
If you have any questions or suggestions please call Roy Manno,
• Identify actions associated with gaining Director of Environmental Services at X 9301. Thank you for
commitment to projects
your participation in this important initiative.
NOTE: This is NOT a review of project
A limited number of spots are available for Kick Back with Special Offers from the Philadelphia KiXX
this program. If interested, contact Anthony
Bruno at 215-615-2603 ASAP. If you love soccer, or if you are looking for an action-packed,
exciting outing for friends or family, take advantage of
Philadelphia KiXX special offers for UPHS employees.
PPMC Wishes You a Happy Birthday!
Did you hear we’re going to throw group Family PaXX
birthday parties every month? 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, 4 game tickets – just $73!
$5 off tickets (regularly $25 adults, $15 youth)*
Invitations to celebrate with breakfast and Upcoming Games
cake will be sent out soon to employees born March 1: KiXX vs. Monterrey La Raza
in the month of March. March 29: KiXX vs. Milwaukee Wave
The first Birthday Breakfast will be held on For tickets and info, call 1-888-888-KiXX (5499). Mention
Wednesday March 26 in the Medical promo code UPHS to receive the Family PaXX discount.
Conference Room on the First floor of the
Wright Saunders Building. Contact Information:
Contact Greta Kropp at 215-662-4490 with questions.
During breakfast, Michele Volpe will provide *Discount only available by phone.
a hospital update with an opportunity for
questions at the end. If it’s your birthday this
month, please come by!