Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cherona Hajewski, Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, Deaconess Health System ; the Heroes

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Cherona Hajewski, Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, Deaconess Health System ; the Heroes

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When Cherona Hajewski joined Deaconess Health System in July 2007 as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care, she knew she was inheriting at least one significant project. The health system had started its path toward Magnet designation, and Hajewski had already successfully overseen the same effort at Columbus Regional Hospital, the first Indiana hospital to be recognized by the program. The Magnet Recognition Program, which was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. To obtain the status, health care organizations must go through a lengthy and complicated application process that includes thorough documentations and site visits from Magnet representatives.

"It is absolutely a journey," Hajewski said. "It's not a project you start and six months later, you can complete it."

It was more than just a casual undertaking, but Chief Executive Officer Linda White had faith in her team with Hajewski leading the nurses' way.

"She is a very outcome-and results-oriented professional who is always trying to do the right thing at the right time with the right resources to improve outcomes for patients," White said. "She is always about working with the team to achieve higher goals."

For Hajewski, "team" is the operative word.

"I'm sincere in saying that doing exceptional things is never done by a single party. It takes the talent and commitment of everyone at many levels," Hajewski said. Deaconess' strong interdisciplinary team has been one of its greatest strengths, she said, and the nurses' colleagues have been proud and enthusiastic supporters during the path to Magnet designation.

It was that team approach, she said, that made the quest successful. Deaconess Health System achieved Magnet status in June 2013.

Hajewski said the recognition helps show appreciation for the amazing work nurses do and the contributions they make every day. And after 38 years in health care and nursing herself, Hajewski wants to be sure the nurses continue to have the resources they need and the recognition they deserve. …

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