Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.) | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Christiana Hospital, a 913-bed, 1.3 million-square-foot teaching hospital, is the namesake hospital for the Christiana Care Health System. The hospital opened in 1985, but the health system it brands has roots going back to 1890 when physicians purchased land in Wilmington, Del., and built the Delaware Hospital. Christiana Care Health System is the culmination of more than 100 years of healthcare history and the merging of separate hospitals into what has become one of the premiere healthcare systems on the East Coast.
In 2015-16, U.S. News & World Report ranked Christiana Hospital No. 1 in Delaware and No. 3 in the Philadelphia metro area. The hospital contains Delaware's only Level I trauma center, which is also the only Level I trauma center on the East Coast corridor between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Christiana Hospital is the only high-risk delivering hospital in Delaware, offering Level III neonatal intensive care. Upwards of 7,200 babies are born at in the hospital each year. In 2010, Christiana Care achieved Magnet status for sustained excellence in nursing.
Research has shown care provided by nurses with BSNs leads to better outcomes. Of the more than 2,500 nurses that work for Christiana Care, 67 percent have a BSN degree or higher. With their prepaid tuition program, Christiana Care hopes to meet the Institute of Medicine's goal of having 80 percent of its nursing staff hold BSN degrees or higher by 2020.
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