Bayhealth’s nursing excellence awarded prestigious Magnet Recognition

MCTJ Bayhealth Magnet 5-13-15

Pictured, Bayhealth Milford Memorial employees celebrate its Magnet® recognition.

MILFORD — Bayhealth 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, Bayhealth joins the Magnet community – a select group of 410 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations.

“We began our efforts toward Magnet designation eight years ago, and over the course of time have transformed our nursing services, clinical outcomes and the way we deliver patient care,” stated Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE. “Being a Magnet-designated hospital is evidence of our relentless pursuit of nursing excellence.”

“This recognition honors health care organizations for nursing professionalism, teamwork, quality patient care and innovations in nursing practice,” said Bayhealth President and Chief Executive Officer, Terry Murphy, FACHE. “While Magnet recognizes excellence in the nursing profession, it is important that we thank everyone within our organization for helping us achieve this milestone. This could not have been a success without everyone in our organization’s dedication, hard work and support.”

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 inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence on patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, Magnet appraisers conduct an on-site assessment to thoroughly review the applicant. After a comprehensive on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants using a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and the communities they serve, such as:

• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communications, 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.

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