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Magnet Recognition

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, St. Joseph’s joins the Magnet community—a select group of 378 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations .

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said AnneMarie Czyz, MS, RN, vice president for clinical and educational services and chief nursing officer for St. Joseph’s. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

Principles of the Program

The Magnet Recognition Program® focuses on advancing three goals within each Magnet organization:

1. Promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice
2. Identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients
3. Disseminating “best practices” in nursing services

The Forces of Magnetism serve as the foundation of the current Magnet Model, which is composed of five key components that place greater focus on measuring quality, patient care, and performance outcomes. These principles are:

1. Transformational Leadership
2. Structural Empowerment
3. Exemplary Professional Practice
4. New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvement
5. Empirical Quality Results

Magnet Hospitals Are Recognized for Excellence

Of the 15 “major teaching hospitals” on the Thompson Reuters “Top 100 Hospitals” list, 11 are Magnet-recognized organizations. In addition, 12 of the 25 teaching hospitals with 200 or more acute beds are Magnet organizations. 

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, nine out of the 10 best hospitals in America in 2009 were Magnet-recognized. The publication describes their top 10 organizations as “leaders in all elements of quality care, drivers of innovation and trendsetters . . . .They are model businesses and establish the bar for excellence .”

Magnet recognition is used as a criterion by U.S. News & World Report when it determines its annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals.” In 2010: Eight of the top 10 medical centers on the magazine’s Honor Roll were Magnet-recognized . Six of the eight hospitals on the magazine’s Children’s Hospital Honor Roll achieved Magnet recognition .

Job satisfaction and employee retention rates are higher at Magnet-recognized organizations.

For current statistics, please visit http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/ProgramOverview/Magnet-Characteristics.aspx