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Excela Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day March 19 Honoring Staff Commitment to Excellence in PA

GREENSBURG, PA, March 16, 2020 – Excela Health is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19, by honoring its board-certified nurses. The System, which achieved Magnet Recognition® as a reflection of its nursing excellence and professionalism, will recognize more than 200 nurses for their proficiency, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.

Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient
outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. Adding to this year’s
significance is the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 2020 as the
“Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence
Nightingale, a 19th-century trailblazer who is considered the founder of modern nursing.

“Board certification is a key factor in the assurance of standards of knowledge,
skills, and abilities in nursing specialty practice,” said Helen Burns, Ph.D., RN, FAAN,
Excela Health's Chief Nursing Officer. “It was also a factor that was considered in our
Magnet application as national certification demonstrated a commitment to deeper
competence in a chosen specialty.”

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the
assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. “Unlike licensure, which is a requirement of all nurses to enter professional practice, specialty certification is optional,” added Burns. “Nurses who attain certification have chosen to demonstrate their understanding and clinical expertise to improve patient care through continuous study and demonstrated competency within their scope of practice.”

There are many nursing certification specialties at Excela Health, such as critical
care, progressive cardiac care, emergency nursing, operating room, family practice,
acute care, neo-natal, gerontology, medical-surgical, cardiovascular, oncology, hospice, informatics, case management, professional staff development, nurse executive, and many others. Certification bodies serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA).

Excela Health achieved Magnet Recognition® this year. The honor was bestowed
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
and distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
With this four-year credential, Excela Health joins the global community of Magnetrecognized organizations.

Just eight percent of U.S. healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S.
hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. In Pennsylvania, only 35 healthcare
organizations hold this designation. Excela Health is now part of an elite group of
healthcare providers to receive System Magnet® Designation and the last to be granted system recognition upon initial application. Future first-time applicants will not be offered this opportunity.

Certified Nurses Day was created in 2008 by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center and the American Nurses Association and was inspired by Dr. Margretta 'Gretta' Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a pioneer in nursing certification.
A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.
To learn more about Nursing at Excela Health, visit www.excelahealth.org.

Excela Health, a 578-bed, tertiary-based health System in Westmoreland County, PA,
includes three hospitals – Excela Westmoreland Hospital, Excela Latrobe Hospital and
Excela Frick Hospital – and serves more than 23,000 inpatients, 700,000 outpatients
, and 100,000 emergency visits annually. With more than 700 physicians and allied
health professionals and 4,800 employees, Excela is a regional leader in clinical areas
such as Cardiovascular Disease, Orthopedics and Emergency Medicine

The System has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s
Best Regional Hospitals and achieved Magnet Recognition®, the highest honor for
nursing professionalism and superior patient care given by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center.

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