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Methodist Earns Third Magnet Designation
Methodist Hospital was recently informed it had earned its third straight Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. It recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices.  

In so doing, Methodist became just the 54th site in the world to earn Magnet® recognition three times, allowing it to join very rare company. Methodist was the first hospital in Nebraska to earn Magnet status, with the first recognition coming in 2004.

“From our front line staff to our formal leadership, it is outstanding that we have achieved these outcomes,” said Teri Tipton, RN, C MSN, Vice President and CNO, Patient Care Services for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. “To obtain Magnet status for a third straight time speaks volumes to what we do. The Magnet culture is our culture and we will continue to strive for the excellence associated with this designation.”

The Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. 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.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.  An electronic application demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes must be submitted.  By submitting the document Magnet hospitals have to exceed the mean national benchmark for patient care, staff satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

According to Tipton, the ANCC deemed many components of Methodist Hospital’s application as outstanding, but especially noted the AgeWISE Residency Program and the Move 4 Life initiative as innovative approaches to the care of patients.

“Our success is related to our leadership and our service leaders who manage multiple priorities and make excellence a part of our culture and daily work, not another initiative or project,” Tipton said. “The patients who come to Methodist Hospitals benefit from access to clinical expertise, caring and competent nurses and a powerful infrastructure with the goal to improve health care in our community and be the health care system of choice.  Patient needs drive our organizational goals and objectives – our nurses enable us to excel.  Being designated Magnet is just one example.”

A select group of 378 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. Hospitals must reapply every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.