, Kingston, NH


May 23, 2013

EH Receives Nursing Excellence Award

Exeter Hospital has been named a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. 

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Achieving Magnet status places Exeter among the top seven percent of hospitals nationwide for providing consistently high quality nursing care to patients; and among only three other hospitals in the state of New Hampshire (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, both in Nashua) to have received the designation. 

“This prestigious accomplishment is the result of unwavering dedication by our nursing staff to consistently provide exemplary care to our patients and affirms our organization’s commitment to advancing the practice of nursing,” said Susan Burns-Tisdale, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, Clinical Operations and chief nurse executive at Exeter Hospital. “The recognition is a testament to the collaborative culture we have fostered among our nurses, medical staff and support staff. We are proud to be part of a select group of hospitals across the country to have received Magnet designation.” 

 “We take seriously our commitment to provide quality care to our patients and to maintain a positive, collaborative practice environment for our nursing staff,” said Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Exeter Hospital. “Receiving Magnet designation is representative of this commitment, and is the culmination of years of hard work and collaboration to develop a culture where our nurses, providers, clinicians, and support staff thrive and our patients genuinely feel as though they are being cared for by a member of their own family.”

In the photo above, hundreds of Exeter Hospital staff members gathered to receive news via a conference call in February with the American Nurses Credentialing Center that the hospital has been designated a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. Exeter Hospital staff in the photo (from left to right) include: Susan Burns-Tisdale, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, Clinical Operations and chief nurse executive ; Jean Mellott MSN, RN-BC, Professional Development Specialist, Department of Professional Development and Clinic Support; Karen Richards, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Magnet Program director; Fran Bonardi, MBA, RN, vice president of Acute Care Services and associate chief nurse; and Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Exeter Hospital.

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