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TORRANCE MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER ACHIEVES MAGNET® RECOGNITION

Hospital Becomes First in Southwest Region of

Los Angeles County to Receive Coveted Nursing Designation

Torrance, CA (January 5, 2012) — Torrance Memorial Medical Center has joined the ranks of the top six percent of hospitals in the nation by earning the coveted Magnet ® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes top health care organizations in the nation for providing nursing excellence.

"We are very proud of our nursing team and all members of the healthcare team for the level of care they provide to our community," stated Peggy Berwald, R.N., Senior Vice President, Patient Care/CNO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "The Torrance Memorial team is committed to excellence in every aspect of patient care. We are truly a Magnet organization, providing the highest caliber of care with extraordinary compassion to our patients and families everyday.”

Torrance Memorial is the first hospital in the southwest region of Los Angeles County to achieve the Magnet Recognition Program ® designation and one of 391 hospitals world-wide to be honored by the ANCC with this recognition. The designation is bestowed to select hospitals following an intensive review of documentation, data, and clinical practices, followed by lengthy on-site visits.

Research has shown that patients benefit from visiting hospitals that have achieved Magnet Recognition Program ® status. These hospitals report improved clinical outcomes, fewer patient falls, fewer medication errors, lower mortality rates, and higher patient and family satisfaction. Magnet hospitals also tend to have lower nursing turnover and an improved nurse work environment.

“This recognition says a lot about the outstanding care provided by nursing and ancillary staff of the hospital and is a remarkable achievement, ” stated Craig Leach, President/CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. “We continually work to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements. I’m proud of all of our nurses and employees at Torrance Memorial for working as a team to achieve this standard of excellence.

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet.aspx.

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit: www.TorranceMemorial.org.

The Magnet Recognition Program®, ANCC Magnet Recognition®, Magnet® names and logos are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Journey to Magnet Excellence™ and National Magnet Conference® are trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.

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