West Chester Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition

UC Health’s West Chester Hospital has achieved Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center® (ANCC). This honor from the ANCC distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and serves as a reflection of West Chester Hospital’s nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

With this credential, West Chester Hospital joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. In Ohio, only 29 hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Tom Daskalakis, chief administrative officer for West Chester Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including:

• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

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