St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood Receives Magnet Designation for Nursing for Third Time

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St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood, Grant and Covington have been awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the third time. In 2006, St. Elizabeth became the first hospital in the Greater Cincinnati area to achieve coveted status as an organization recognized by Magnet, the healthcare gold standard for nursing excellence. This third designation recognizes a continuum of excellence in nursing services and general patient care, and St. Elizabeth is once again the first in the Greater Cincinnati region to achieve this status three times in a row.

Becoming a health organization recognized by Magnet is the most sought-after status in nursing. Only 6.47 percent of all US hospitals have achieved this recognition. Magnet status is the highest honor bestowed on nursing services.

The Magnet Recognition Program serves as a benchmark for consumers to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive in a hospital. The program was developed by the ANCC to recognize organizations that provide exceptional care and support to nursing practice. The advantages of being an organization recognized by Magnet are numerous. National studies show that hospitals achieving Magnet status have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, and better patient care outcomes.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized once again as one of the best nursing programs in the country,” said Gary Blank, senior vice president and director of patient services / head nurse at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Achieving Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. Retaining Magnet status for the third time underscores the commitment of all of our staff to continually strive to work together to meet the health needs of the people we serve. Our nurses, doctors, leaders, associates, administrators and community supporters have all stepped up to make this possible. The new designation confirms what we have known for a long time — St. Elizabeth nurses are the best and that sets us apart from other hospitals. “

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in the philosophy and practice of nursing, adherence to national standards to improve patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural diversity. and ethnic. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous assessment that includes in-depth interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care. Magnetic hospitals must provide an annual status report on their progress and must undergo a reassessment every four years to maintain the designation. Magnet Status provides the public with information to help determine where to look for the best care. For highly skilled nurses, Magnet recognition can be a guide to choosing an employer, and nursing schools educate students about the benefits of working in a Magnet hospital.

“We are extremely proud to receive this third designation,” said Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “I congratulate all of the St. Elizabeth associates who are so dedicated to constantly improving the care they provide through their compassion and commitment to the people of this community. Ultimately, patients benefit from this effort. The public should feel confident knowing that a hospital triple recognized by Magnet is available in their community.

For more information on the Magnet designation, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center here.

From St. Elizabeth Healthcare


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