MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital achieve Magnet designation for second time

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach attained Magnet recognition for the second time, according to MemorialCare representatives.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. The credential is the highest national recognition a healthcare organization can achieve for professional nursing practice excellence and quality patient care.
Only 33 California healthcare organizations have achieved Magnet recognition, according to MemorialCare.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Judy Fix, RN, chief nursing officer, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement underscores the foundation of excellence that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing distinction and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations, according to MemorialCare. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of patient care.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through the framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing superiority.
The foundation of this model encompasses various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care, including 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.
To achieve initial 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.
Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet Recognition Program concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet Recognition Program concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period.
“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition we first achieved four years ago,” said John Bishop, CEO, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s. “Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care and inspires every member of our team to achieve excellence every day.”

Source: MemorialCare

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