Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 19, 2011
Mercy Medical Center nurses and executive staff gathered to receive word that the 137-year-old Catholic hospital had joined the ranks of the top six percent of hospitals in the nation by earning the coveted “Magnet®” recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®.
The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes the top health care organizations in the nation for providing nursing excellence. With this credential, Mercy joins the Magnet community—a select group of 378 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.
“This achievement ranks our hospital among a select group in the Mid-Atlantic region and reflects years of preparation and hard work. From the opening of our new, state-of-the-art Mary Catherine Bunting Center, and now, to receive Magnet®recognition for nursing excellence, Mercy continues to make strides as a leader in quality health care,” said Thomas R. Mullen, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center.
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” – which has noted Mercy among the nation’s finest for the past three years -- includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
“To earn Magnet status reflects our staff’s dedication to innovative and compassionate care of our patients, their families and the communities they serve,” said Susan Finlayson, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services.
The process for achieving Magnet status includes a rigorous evaluation of nursing policies, practices and procedures to ensure they are consistent with national benchmark standards. In addition, the process includes a three day site visit from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet surveyors interview patients, hospital staff and community partners to assess the quality of nursing care delivered by Mercy nurses.
Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, including:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses; and
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.
“Nursing Excellence has been fundamental to the mission and healing ministry of the Sisters of Mercy since the hospital began in 1874. As we celebrate Mercy Day this week, it seems especially fitting that our nurses are recognized for their clinical excellence, compassion at the bedside and the rich spirit of mercy they share with our patients and families on a daily basis,” said Sr. Helen Amos, RSM, Executive Chair, Mercy Board of Trustees.
Mercy Medical Center is a 137-year old health care institution named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, among 10 best centers for women’s health care and, for the past three years, named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” edition. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine and now the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information, visit Mercy online at http://www.mdmercy.com or call 1-800-M.D.-Mercy.
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit http://www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.
To view a video of Mercy Medical Center executives and staff receiving word of receiving Magnet status, click here: http://www.mdmercymedia.com/mercynursingmagnet.html
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