News brief: Hawaii hospital celebrates 150-year history and nursing excellence award

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 15, 2009

The only hospital in America to be founded by royalty is celebrating a banner year with its 150th anniversary and designation as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) facility.

Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, was established in 1859 by Hawaii's Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. Its illustrious heritage includes performing the island's first blood test, performing its first open heart surgery, and opening its first diabetic clinic.

Its tradition of nursing excellence led in April to it becoming the first hospital in the state to achieve MRP designation.

Source: Star Bulletin

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