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Well-known Hinsdale resident joins hospital team

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of well-known Hinsdale resident and longtime hospital affiliate Marcie Calandra, RN, MSN, APN-C as Magnet project manager. She has been affiliated with the hospital since 1983 and assisted her husband, the late Dr. David Calandra, in his medical practice. Dr. David Calandra was a cardiothoracic surgeon who treated patients at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals. He died May 5 at age 52 from complications related to leukemia.

“Marcie has strong ties not only to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital but also to the greater Hinsdale community,” said Lesia Douglas, the hospital’s vice president/chief nursing officer. “She upholds the hospital’s value of partnering with the community and we’re honored that she’s agreed to lead this important initiative.”

As Magnet project manager, Calandra will lead the hospital’s effort to earn Magnet status. Magnet status is an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. There are 16 Magnet-recognized organized hospitals in Illinois and 306 in the United States; these hospitals are said to act as a “magnet” force for attracting and retaining nurses.

To achieve Magnet status, a hospital must undergo a rigorous review process. It can take years to prepare to submit an application, which typically contains hundreds or even thousands of pages. Hospitals must demonstrate that they are committed to advancing three goals: promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and disseminating best practices in nursing services.

Calandra, who attended the 2008 ANCC National Magnet Conference in Salt Lake City in October, said she is confident the hospital can achieve its goal of obtaining Magnet status.

“We already know we have a dedicated nursing staff that puts the patient at the core of everything they do,” she said. “This accolade would serve as further proof of our commitment to nursing excellence.”

Calandra earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and achieved an Advance Practice Nurse-Certified (APN-C) accreditation. Her clinical experience spans the critical care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, medical/surgical methadone clinic, women’s health, ambulatory services, emergency room and burn unit. Her appointment was effective Nov. 1.