Rose Medical Center
July 14, 2017



Julie Hogan
Director of Marketing & Public Affairs
Rose Medical Center
Office: 303.320.2694
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Rose Medical Center Nurses Highest Performing Among All HCA Hospitals
Rose Nursing Group Recognized in Annual HCA Physician Survey

Denver, Colo., - July 14, 2017 - Providing medical care is a partnership between so many entities, and perhaps none more important than between doctors and nurses.

Nowhere is that better exemplified than at Rose Medical Center, as Rose has been found to be the highest performing nursing group of any HCA (Rose/HealthONE parent company) hospital as indicated by the annual physician survey of all HCA physicians.

HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of 174 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in the U.S. and the U.K. There are 37,000 active physicians and 80,000 nurses in the company.

Among these, Rose stood out as a leader for its exceptional teamwork among nurses and physicians. Chief Nursing Officer Lynne Wager, RN, credits this unique bond to history and culture.

“Rose has a long history of collaborative practice between nurses and physician staff,” Wagner explained. “Our culture is based on mutual trust and respect.”

Wagner, who has served as CNO for 13 years and at Rose for more than 30 years, ensures this continued culture through excellence in hiring and retention practices for Rose nurses, including Peer Panel Interviews. During the hiring process, Wagner invites potential peers to help interview a nursing candidate. This not only helps to ensure a great fit for the organization, but also offers the new nurse greater support when she/he begins the new role and provides opportunities for seasoned nurses to have a voice, increasing their engagement.

Dr. Meg Austin, Chief Medical Officer at Rose, agrees that collaborative practice is key to success in the physician/nurse relationship.

"Shared goals build engagement,” says Dr. Austin. “By using structured physician/nurse dyad rounding, our team effectively formulates a care plan that incorporates the priorities of the whole team--physician, nurse and patient -- and does so in real time, at the bedside, for all to hear."

This is not the first national recognition the nursing team at Rose has received. Earlier this year, Rose achieved Magnet® recognition, the highest national honor for nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Rose is one of only nine Magnet designated hospitals in Colorado and fewer than 450 hospitals worldwide have achieved Magnet status.

“These recognitions wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of the entire hospital working to provide the highest quality care to every patient every day,” said Wagner. “Rose has established a culture of excellence that is a pervasive throughout all units, departments and positions.”

About Rose Medical Center

Well known as a Denver institution and a 9th Avenue landmark for nearly 70 years, Rose Medical Center has earned its reputation as Denver's "Baby Hospital" while becoming a leader in comprehensive women's care, orthopedics and total joint replacement, heart and vascular care, weight-loss treatment, cancer care, surgical services, internal medicine and emergency care. With origins in Jewish teachings, traditions and community, Rose’s founders built this hospital to “serve the need of every creed.” By offering a high level of expertise and service across all disciplines, Rose has truly become a destination hospital, attracting patients from throughout Colorado and around the world. 

About HCA Healthcare

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, operating 174 locally managed hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA is a learning healthcare system that uses its more than 27 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.