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Thursday, May 3, 2018

St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas Achieves Highest National Honor for Nursing Excellence

St. Elizabeth Florence Achieves Magnet Recognition, too

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Fort Thomas and Florence achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of their nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

St. Elizabeth Florence and Ft. Thomas join a global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Of the 5,534 American Hospital Association registered hospitals, approximately eight percent are Magnet designated.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. To now have each of our five hospitals Magnet designated is tangible evidence of our nurses’ consistent quality and commitment to continually strive to work together to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

 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 and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of America’s Best Hospitals includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality inpatient care.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized as one of the top nursing programs in the country,” said Vera Hall, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “To earn Magnet status is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. Magnet status is further proof of our entire staff’s commitment to work together to meet the healthcare needs of our community. This designation confirms what we have known for a long time—St. Elizabeth nurses are the best, and that helps set us apart from other hospitals.”

The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. 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 delivery of care.

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.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Covington and Grant were the first hospitals in Greater Cincinnati to achieve Magnet designation in 2006. Fort Thomas and Florence now join them, making all St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospitals Magnet status.

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