St. Jude Medical Center (SJMC) has earned Magnet recognition, a coveted national honor earned
by only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals. This award is the highest accolade
in nursing excellence that any hospital can receive.
The honor recognizes healthcare organizations that deliver an extraordinary
level of patient care, demonstrate excellence in nursing practice, exceed
national standards and benchmarks, and display innovation and leadership
in improving outcomes.
“Magnet recognition highlights the culture of excellence that is
a cornerstone of how we serve our patients and this community,”
explained Lee Penrose, President and CEO, St. Jude Medical Center. “It
is one of the most difficult credentials to achieve in the healthcare
industry and offers tangible evidence of our staff’s commitment
to providing the very best care.”
This designation comes after a rigorous and lengthy evaluation of patient
services throughout the hospital, including the submission of over 3,400
pages of written documentation of patient outcomes and evidence-based
care, as well as a three-day on-site visit by appraisers in November.
Independent research shows that hospitals receiving Magnet recognition
consistently outperform other facilities, including creating better patient
outcomes, shorter length of hospital stays, lower mortality rates, and
higher recruitment and retention of well-qualified staff. At Magnet hospitals,
staff also spends more time at the bedside of patients and patients report
greater satisfaction with their care.
Magnet recognition joins a list of other national honors recently earned
by St. Jude Medical Center, including being named an Advanced Comprehensive
Stroke Center—a designation awarded to only a handful of hospitals
in the state—as well as the highest rating possible from the Society
of Thoracic Surgeons for the hospital’s outstanding heart surgery outcomes.
“This newest honor is a testament to SJMC’s commitment to doing
what’s right for our patients. It identifies our hospital as a place
where staff grow professionally and are consistently improving the quality
of care they provide,” said Laura Ramos, MSN, RN, VP, Patient Care
Services and Chief Nursing Officer.
Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair of the Commission for Magnet Recognition
Program, made the announcement during a conference call and lauded the
hospital’s strong shared governance and Professional Practice Model,
ongoing advancement of staff clinical knowledge and skills, and the interprofessional
collaboration and innovation exhibited throughout the medical center.
The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and is the
largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United
States. St. Jude Medical Center’s Magnet status, which includes
annual reviews, is valid for four years.
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