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Blessing Hospital loses prestigious classification

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Just four years ago, Blessing Hospital was designated as a national "magnet" hospital, a very prestigious classification.  This past week the hospital was stripped of the honor.

Blessing Chief Nursing Officer Jill Mason says the hospital re-applied for the classification, but just recently learned it didn't get it. The magnet classification is only given to 5% of hospitals nationwide, and recognizes the ability to attract and retain nurses as well as patients.

((See: Blessing nurses receive final report for Magnet Hospital status))
Mason says much of the reasoning behind the loss of the classification was the way the hospital conducted its peer evaluation process. However, Mason says losing the classification doesn't mean patient care will be sacrificed.

"It's meeting some standards we felt we met, but they felt we didn't," Mason said. "So nothing has changed that way. Is it disheartening? Yes, it is because we put a lot of work in to this. But this will make us a stronger organization in the end because we'll go back and fix those things we need to fix."

Mason says the hospital plans on re-applying for the designation with the American Nurses Credentialing Center in the next six months.

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