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Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) learned Wednesday that it has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet hospital in 2008.

“Receiving our third Magnet recognition is validation of the quality of the nursing care and the commitment of our nurses and also of our healthcare team to providing exceptional care every day,” said Robyn Begley, RN, DNP, chief nursing officer, AtlantiCare. “This third designation reflects our ability to sustain an environment that is supportive of our staff and their ability to deliver patient-focused care.” More than 1,400 nurses are among AtlantiCare’s 5,226 staff.

Begley said the Magnet Committee highlighted AtlantiCare’s commitment to innovation in nursing. “The Magnet appraisers particularly noted AtlantiCare’s WOW ME 2000mg app – a tool to help patients manage heart failure - which nursing assisted in creating, as an example of successful nursing innovation.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration 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 of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit occurs to thoroughly assess the applicant. AtlantiCare’s onsite visit was in October.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its second recognition.

In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.
The foundation of this model is composed of 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.

“We are thrilled that our nurses have once again achieved Magnet™ recognition —nursing’s highest honor! It is external validation of the caring professionalism our patients experience every day,” said Lori Herndon, president and chief executive officer, ARMC.

“ARMC’s recognition for the third time as a Magnet hospital is a testament to our enduring commitment to the high quality care we provide our community. It also recognizes the work environment we create that encourages our nurses to grow professionally and personally,” said David Tilton, president and chief executive officer, AtlantiCare. “Our physicians, nurses and staff strive for excellence in all they do every day.”

For more information, about AtlantiCare, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.


Jennifer Tornetta, 609-569-7010, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2013

AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,461employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet® designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet hospital in 2008 and in 2013.
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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