St. Joseph Hospital Earns Magnet Designation for a Second Time
St. Joseph Hospital, part of St. Joseph Health, has been named a Magnet hospital for a second time as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. The program is a voluntary credentialing program that recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
“Receiving Magnet re-designation illustrates the commitment of our nurses and their efforts to ensure the highest level of care,” said Katie Skelton, RN, NEA, BC, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph Hospital. “Collaboration is also at the heart of what we do best. Magnet re-designation is a result of an interdisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals coming together to create a culture of excellence.”
During their site visit to St. Joseph Hospital’s campus in Orange, California, Magnet surveyors identified many areas of exemplary practice, including staff commitment to Sacred Encounters and Perfect Care, two of the hospital’s strategic outcome goals. The Magnet appraisers also recognized innovation as an exemplary practice saying that nursing leaders across the organization have created a culture that encourages innovation by all nurses at all levels. Examples of innovation cited include: Patient Family Advisors, so the voice of the patient permeates the organization; No One Dies Alone; Perinatal Hospice; Operating Room flow; and Behavioral Health Guesting Program in the Emergency Department.
“I am so proud of our nurses,” said Steven C. Moreau, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Hospital. “They are caring, compassionate and highly skilled; they deserve to be recognized for the great work they do.”
St. Joseph Hospital joins an elite list of only 378 Magnet-designated health care organizations out of nearly 6,000 nationwide. The hospital was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2007 and was the first Catholic hospital in the state of California to receive this distinction. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet designation every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.
“As the largest health system in the Southern California region, this designation continues to position St. Joseph Health and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange as leaders in providing care that is safe, timely effective, equitable and patient-centered,” said Darrin Montalvo, regional vice president, St. Joseph Health System.
About St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, is a nationally recognized, 525-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending the healing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital’s reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the United States. This is one reason why St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County area by U.S. News & World Report. With a highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800 support staff, St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 75 specialty programs, including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital’s dedication to caring for the medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its mission. These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.