PATERSON, NJ [DECEMBER 21, 2010] - Internationally recognized for improving professional nursing practice and patient outcomes, the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's (SJRMC) Magnet-nursing team in Paterson, New Jersey, recently gathered to celebrate, yet another, recognition for their expertise, excellence, and innovation – receipt of the 2010 Magnet Prize™ - Magnet Nursing's most prestigious accolade - presented by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and sponsored by Cerner Corporation. St. Joseph's is one of only 8 Magnet-designated hospitals to ever receive The Magnet Prize, and the only one worldwide to receive the 2010 award.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's Women's Heart Center was selected as a pioneer in the area of community outreach for its comprehensive educational programs geared toward woman of all diverse backgrounds. The Magnet Prize highlights extraordinary nursing activities that have been sustained over an extended period of time, innovations that are beyond the characteristics of Magnet organizations, and positive outcomes that have been demonstrated and empirically linked to the innovation. "We are proud to be an example of a Magnet organization that continuously raises the bar by developing innovative structures and processes that transform the health and well-being of North Jersey's communities" said Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, SJRMC/VP, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
Among the many guests present at the celebration were (left to right) St. Joseph's Healthcare System administrators William A. McDonald, President and CEO; Maria Brennan; and Sr. Rosemary Smith, SC, Chairperson, Board of Trustees.