It is often said that nurses are the heart of health care. This sentiment holds true this week, as our Chicago-area hospital achieved Magnet Recognition®, the ultimate credential for excellence in nursing.
Granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet status is considered the highest honor a hospital can achieve for its nursing care. Of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the country, less than seven percent have received Magnet recognition.
The ANCC honors organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards and best practices. To be considered for this honor, CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center had to submit an extensive written document to the ANCC, followed by an extensive onsite visit involving interviews and unit tours.
Of the hospital’s results, Deborah Zimmerman, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program® says: “CTCA at Midwestern outperformed all the Magnet hospitals rated in all five areas of the Magnet standards through their continued dedication to provide exceptional care in every aspect of their community.”
Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that achieve Magnet status, and to the communities they serve. Magnet Recognition increases consumer confidence, serves to attract and retain top talent, advances nursing standards and practices, and fosters a more collaborative culture.
“Earning Magnet Recognition reflects our commitment to creating and sustaining a professional nursing culture where the well-being of the patient is the ultimate focus of all of our efforts,” says Carmelita Zeta-Sanchez, assistant vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer.
The designation is granted for four years, during which time the ANCC monitors Magnet facilities to ensure high standards of care remain intact.
Learn more about the Nursing program at Midwestern.