Jan Offret, chief nursing officer at Northwest Medical Center, has been honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from Community Health Systems, one of the nation's leading systems of general acute-care hospitals.

The award recognizes hospital leaders "who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality healthcare and operational excellence," a release said. More than 120 hospitals in 29 states are affiliated with Community Health Systems.

Offret has been CNO at Northwest for more than six years. She has helped launch new hospital services, including The Wound Care Center at Northwest, overseen major renovations including the more patient-friendly emergency department, and led initiatives that have helped increase patient satisfaction and reduced core nursing turnover, the release continued.

"Jan is very deserving of this award," Northwest Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Paul Kappelman said. "Under her leadership the hospital has achieved several certifications including Bariatric Center of Excellence and a Gold Seal designation from Joint Commission for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

"She is also spearheading an ongoing initiative for our nurses to round hourly on patients which we believe ultimately increases both patient safety and patient satisfaction. I congratulate Jan on all she has achieved."

"I am delighted to receive this award and share the honor with the entire nursing staff at Northwest Medical Center," Offret said. "I'm very proud to be a part of this hospital whose staff demonstrates every day their commitment to healing."

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