POMPTON PLAINS, NJ (Morris County) – Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center Monday announced it has been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® honors healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
With this credential, Chilton Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Currently, only 523 of the more than 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. That’s less than 9 percent of hospitals in the United States.
Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program, recently shared the news with team members at Chilton Medical Center.
“This Magnet designation reflects our nurses’ commitment to clinical excellence, extraordinary patient care and true support of one other – all while preparing for a global widespread pandemic,” said Maureen Schneider, PHD, RN, Chief Nursing and Operations Officer, Chilton Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our entire nursing staff for being recognized as some of the most highly educated, talented and caring nursing professionals in the country. We also could not have achieved this recognition without the support of our medical staff whose partnership is invaluable as we work across disciplines to ensure positive patient outcomes and experiences.”
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that requires widespread participation from leadership and team members. Magnet designation is based on several factors including staff empowerment, shared decision making, professional development, nurse recruitment/retention and a higher standard of practice.
“Being designated as a Magnet institution is a great honor for us as this national recognition serves as the gold standard for nursing practice. It demonstrates to the communities we serve that Chilton meets rigorous standards of nursing excellence, professionalism, teamwork and excellence in patient care,” said Stephanie Schwartz, President, Chilton Medical Center.
Chilton Medical Center received four exemplars, or examples of best practices, in areas including the following:
- Emergency Department Left Without Being Seen outperformed the national benchmark of all eight quarters
- Door to Needle time for stroke patients outperformed the national bench mark of all eight quarters
- Patient safety outperformed the national mean benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of the quarters on 100% of the units presented
- Courtesy and respect outperformed the national mean benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of the quarters on 100% of the units presented
The Magnet designation is granted every four years to only those organizations that demonstrate sustained superiority in nursing care. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation and members granted Magnet status must continue to meet rigorous standards.