Passavant Area Hospital 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, and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. With this recredentialing, Passavant is part of a select group of 37 healthcare organizations in Illinois and 401 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations to achieve Magnet status.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” says Karen Daum, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

Passavant first achieved Magnet status in 2009. Passavant learned of its achievement during a conference call March 20 from Brian Selig, Chair of the Commission on Magnet. The call was attended by a large gathering of Passavant employees in the Main Lobby.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare 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 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. After this rigorous on site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

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; and
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position