Mary Immaculate Hospital receives Magnet® Designation

Nurse caring for patient

In January of 2017, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital was designated as a Magnet® Hospital by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Magnet® status has only been achieved by about nine percent of U.S. hospitals. As the gold standard of nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations for quality patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program® advances three goals within health care organizations:

  • Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients
  • Disseminate best practices in nursing services.

group of nursesTo qualify for Magnet® status, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate staff had to demonstrate that they are among the best in the nation for specific quality indicators. The hospital had to achieve excellence in quality of patient care, such as low rates of hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and skin injuries, as well as high patient and nursing satisfaction. According to the ANCC website, “Magnet® requires organizations to develop, disseminate and enculturate evidence-based criteria that result in a positive work environment for nurses and, by extension, all employees.”

The benefits of this performance-driven recognition have a significant impact on: creating a collaborative and nurse-friendly culture, improving patient outcomes, encouraging research and evidence-based care, and elevating the standard of professional nursing practice. These outcomes are in direct alignment with the mission and values of Bon Secours Mary Immaculate. Our focus is and always has been on more than achieving the award. We have instead focused on creating a culture that provides the best work environment for our nurses and ultimately achieves the best outcomes for our patients.

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and Maryview Medical Center are currently working on achieving Magnet® designation.