St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is proud to be a three time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) gold standard for nursing excellence. St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital received its first Magnet designation in 1999 and was one of only 15 facilities nationwide to successfully achieve Magnet status at that time. The second designation came in 2004. On August 20, 2008 St. Joseph's received a call from ANCC with the news that we had been granted Magnet re-designation for another 4 year period.
"The Magnet Award recognizes facilities that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the traditions that support professional nursing practice. St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, is proud to be honored for sustained nursing excellence since 1999, and for innovation and creativity in nursing practice," said Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. The Magnet Award recognizes excellence in management philosophy and practices in nursing services; adherence to standards for improving quality of nursing care; leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice; competence of nursing personnel; and attention to the cultural and ethnic needs of patients and their care providers. It also signifies that an institution's nurses have the finest continuing education, adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, and provide the best patient care.
Magnet hospitals must meet stringent quantitative and qualitative standards that define the quality of nursing practices and patient care. The application process includes volumes of comprehensive written documentation materials to substantiate the excellence of the nursing staff, which is later validated by site visits. During the ANCC's site visit to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center more than 250 nurses, from all shifts and areas, were interviewed as part of the process. Surveyors attended multidisciplinary committee meetings that included nurses and physicians such as the Neurology-Stroke Team; Tiny Baby Team, Informatics Team; and Nursing Research Team.
Nurses at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital understand what it means to provide truly superior patient care. Re-designation proves that we have a long-standing tradition of delivering quality, compassionate patient care and customer service. It is a reflection of the excellent care our nursing staff provides and the unwavering commitment to excellence of our entire hospital family. Our patients and their families can be confident with the care they receive.