For an unprecedented third consecutive time, Baystate Medical Center has achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a distinction that places the hospital’s nursing staff among the finest in the nation.
As a Magnet-certified hospital, Baystate Medical Center is part of a select group of 378 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 in the United States. It is one of only nine such hospitals in Massachusetts and 22 in New England. Nationally, only about 7% of all health-care organizations are Magnet-recognized, and only 26% of all Magnet organizations have received three consecutive designations like Baystate.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing of professional practice. Magnet® recognition is the highest national credential for nursing excellence, serving as the gold standard for nursing practice.
“Our nurses and all of their partners in the delivery of care have done something most others haven’t. By sustaining our tradition of Magnet hospital nursing excellence for a third time, we are among an elite group of very few hospitals nationwide who have achieved this honor. Such an accomplishment is a testament to the unrelenting commitment of our nurses to the patients and families they serve,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, MA, senior vice president/chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for Baystate Medical Center.
The announcement of re-credentialing, which lasts several years, came after an extensive application and review process and site visit by representatives of the ANCC. As a result of their sit visit, surveyors noted Baystate Medical Center as exemplary in several distinct areas, including the chief nursing officer’s role in organizational decision making, the transition of newly hired nurses, the level of nurses’ clinical autonomy, and for meeting certain national clinical benchmarks.
Magnet status helps consumers locate providers with a proven level of excellence in nursing care, and assists hospitals in attracting and retaining quality employees. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals,” in which Baystate Medical Center is named, includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. Baystate has been Magnet-certified since 2005.
In 1983, the American Academy of Nursing’s task force on nursing practice in hospitals conducted a study of U.S. hospitals. The research identified and described variables that created an environment that attracted and retained well-qualified nurses. These variables were called “forces of magnetism,” and the institutions were called “Magnets” because they attracted and kept good nurses. The study found that quality patient care was provided through sustaining excellence in nursing services. Magnet status recognizes excellence in a variety of areas including nursing management, philosophy and practices; adherence to standards for improving quality of patient care; leadership of the nurse administrator in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel; and understanding and respecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of patients, their families and significant others, and the care providers in the system.
Magnet-designated health-care organizations consistently outperform their peers in recruiting and retaining nurses, resulting in increased stability in patient care systems across the organization. Also, research documents that high quality nurses is one of the most important attributes in attracting high quality physicians.
“Congratulations to our exceptional nurses for this significant achievement. We thank you for your expertise, your skill, your advocacy and the total care you provide to patients and families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Dr. Mark A. Keroack, MPH, president and CEO of Baystate Health.