University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Receives 2013 Magnet® Honors

Oct 8, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced on October 3 that University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro's (UMCPP) Partnerships for PIECE program was awarded the 2013 Magnet® Honors. The award, presented at the National Magnet Conference® last week in Orlando, Fla., recognizes unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice.

The ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, developed the Magnet Recognition Program® to acknowledge superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. UMCPP is one of 393 organizations—or less than 5 percent of hospitals nationwide—to earn Magnet status.

Partnerships for PIECE—Patient-centered Integrative Elder Care and Empowerment—is a grant-funded program to help elderly patients transition from the hospital to the next level of care, whether that be to their own home or to a skilled nursing facility. The Partnerships for PIECE program functions in three areas: (1) Training and working closely with partners across care transitions, (2) Navigating patients through the move back into their home and (3) Streamlining electronic communications through a new data registry system. The program is supported by grants from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Jersey Health Initiatives and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

UMCPP was chosen from among 40 program submissions for its unique three-tiered approach to eldercare across key intersections of the care continuum. ANCC listed inter-professional collaboration and reduction in hospital readmissions for patients who enrolled in the Partnerships for PIECE program as some key features influencing their decision.

"We are honored to receive this recognition, which highlights the interconnected work of the hospital, physicians and nurses," said Susan Lorenz, Vice President, Patient Care Services, and CNO. "UMCPP has the most comprehensive senior care available in our region, with specialized services designed to help older adults get well and get back to their lives. Partnerships for PIECE complements the care we provide by helping ease the transition from the hospital to the community."

Andy Williams, 609-252-8785