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Children's Mercy Kansas City Wins 2016 Magnet® Prize

SILVER SPRING, MD — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) today announced Children's Mercy Kansas City, in Kansas City, Missouri, as the winner of the ANCC 2016 Magnet Prize® sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in health care technology.

The prize recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices in ANCC Magnet®-recognized organizations. Cerner encourages cutting-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $50,000 purse attached to The Magnet Prize®. The prize money will help Children's Mercy further develop the innovative program selected for the Magnet Prize. This year's award was presented Oct. 5, at the 2016 ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Orlando, Florida.

"We are pleased to honor this remarkable innovation that Children's Mercy created by its nurse- driven focus, interprofessional collaboration and inventive use of technology to attain remarkable patient outcomes," said Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, interim chief staff officer, ANCC.

Children's Mercy received the Magnet Prize for its Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program (CHAMP). Nearly 2,000 babies are born each year with congenital heart disease consisting of a single ventricle (SV). CHAMP combines traditional SV home monitoring, a service where nurse coordinators provide triage at home for highly fragile infants, with an innovative new app developed by the Ward Family Heart Center team at Children's Mercy. Parents enter patient information into CHAMP, which transfers home-monitoring data and videos in near real-time to the CHAMP home-monitoring care team. Once entered into the CHAMP web portal, the data is evaluated through algorithms and can trigger instant alerts to the team for further evaluation of each SV child.

Nationally, 2 to 20 percent of babies with SV heart disease, such as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, will not survive the time period between the first and second surgeries, known as the interstage. However, since Children's Mercy started using the CHAMP app in March 2014, none of its 62 SV patients have died during interstage. Today, 55 U.S. sites, representing nearly 80 percent of all centers that perform SV heart surgery on infants, and eight international sites have expressed interest in using CHAMP.

"We are honored to receive the prestigious Magnet Prize and are very excited that the CHAMP program is being recognized for its innovative use of technology to achieve excellent patient care outcomes," said Cheri Hunt, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Children's Mercy Kansas City.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice. Winning organizations must meet specific criteria, such as extraordinary nursing activities that have been sustained over an extended period of time, innovations that are beyond the characteristics of Magnet organizations, or positive outcomes that have been demonstrated and empirically linked to the innovation.

"This award is a testament to Children's Mercy's contribution to nursing innovation in the pediatric industry, as well as in Kansas City." said Eva Karp, RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, senior vice president and chief clinical officer, Cerner. "We are proud of their many accomplishments using the Cerner electronic health record. Congratulations to the nursing team at Children's Mercy!"

Children's Mercy Kansas City is a 354-bed comprehensive pediatric medical center that integrates clinical care, research, and medical education to provide care for patients from birth to age 21. In 2003, it became the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in patient care.

About Children's Mercy Kansas City
Founded in 1897, Children's Mercy is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children's Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children's Mercy as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." For the fourth time in a row, Children's Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children's Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family's ability to pay. For more information about Children's Mercy and its research, visit For breaking news and videos, follow them on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook.

About The Magnet Prize®
In 2002, the ANCC board of directors established The Magnet Prize to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The Magnet Prize recognizes organizations with unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice. The interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have direct impact on patients in various settings. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations and is the highest honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community. Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.

About Cerner
Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 25,000 provider facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit, read our blog at, connect with us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Our websiteblogTwitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.

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