First, thank you to everyone who provides patient care and service across the organization. This network of hospitals and outpatient programs is very complex. It takes thousands of people to keep it running 24/7 and 365 days a year for our patients. We take pride in the details and it shows.
In May, two major survey teams visited. The first was for Magnet redesignation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our nursing and patient services teams have earned several consecutive designations and it’s an incredible honor. Magnet is the nursing industry’s top award for quality, service and nursing practice. Our nursing staff is talented, knowledgeable and compassionate, and we’re proud of them.
We also completed a survey by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations. This was the first survey for our new heart and neuro hospitals, and a follow-up for the rest of the hospitals under the UF Health Shands umbrella. The survey team closely examine our operations, processes and documentation. Surveyors confirm our best practices and what we need to improve. There were no significant findings, which is good news. But now we have a work plan for what we can address immediately as well as challenges that require longer-term solutions. We set high standards for ourselves and we’re not daunted by challenges. We love to keep improving and raising the bar. Thank you for your work.