CHICAGO – Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago’s leading independent teaching hospital located on the city’s north side, has again been granted Magnet Recognition®by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
The hospital first received Magnet® designation in May 2010. Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of only 38 Magnet recognized hospitals in Illinois, and just six in Chicago.
“We are proud to be recognized once again by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the quality of our nursing care,” says Swedish Covenant Hospital President and CEO Mark Newton. “This achievement highlights our belief in the importance and value of excellent nursing care for our patients and their families.”
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, 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 will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. Organizations 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 initial recognition.
According to the ANCC, Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals 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
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position
“Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the second time is a tremendous achievement for Swedish Covenant Hospital,” says Senior Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer Mary Shehan. “It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality patient outcomes, multi-disciplinary team work and support for professional development. Thank you to our entire nursing staff for the work you do day in and day out to provide our patients with the very best care and support.”
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, visitwww.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.