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Sparrow has achieved a Magnet Hospital Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This is the nation's most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence, a measure of quality earned by only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals. The Magnet designation is a national verification of the excellence of our Nurses, something we are proud of and have always known. Our more than 2,000 Nurses are the heart and soul of Sparrow's expert care and Patient experience and the most visible examples of our dedication to quality, compassionate care.

Melissa Rivera, Nursing

"It's all about putting the Patient first," says Melissa Rivera, BSN, RN, CNML, manager of Sparrow's Cardiac Progressive Unit, "remembering why we're here, whether that's to heal them, educate them, or provide them comfort."

The Nurses in the Cardiac Stepdown Unit have distinguished themselves in patient and quality surveys and, as Rivera says, "in what's happening at the bedside." In part, that's because the Nurses adhere to the Sparrow Way of following evidence-based best practices, she says.

The Nurses there, like those throughout Sparrow, make education a key component of their caregiving, whether it is educating a Patient or their family on the recovery process and outcomes. "When a Patient knows what to expect they respond better," she says.

The floor was also the first at Sparrow to become part of the Dedicated Education Unit, a unique program in which Sparrow Nurses act as clinical mentors and are paired with MSU nursing students. The program is a national model to promote improved educational and Patient care outcomes.