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Mission Hospital earns prestigious Magnet® Designation, the highest international honor for nursing excellence

On November 19, 2020 Mission Hospital achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Mission Hospital joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition and Mission Hospital is the only one in Western North Carolina.

Mission Hospital’s journey to Magnet recognition began in September of 2015, continued through the transition to HCA Healthcare, and culminated in a final site visit in September of this year.

“Our Magnet journey recognizes Mission Hospital nurses for their unwavering commitment to excellence,” said Karen Olsen, Chief Nursing Officer at Mission Hospital. “The strength of our team is a result of a shared governance structure and nurses being empowered in decision making in concert with nursing leadership. Together they address patient and family centered care, care of self, care of the team, positive practice environments and quality patient outcomes.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public selects health care 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.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to ensure quality patient care,” said Chad Patrick, CEO, Mission Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates organizations across a number of components and dimensions to gauge 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 the quality and delivery of care.

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Mission Hospital officially celebrates becoming a Magnet-designated hospital

On September 29, 2017, Mission Hospital officially celebrated its journey to becoming a Magnet®-designated hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Consumers rely on Magnet® designation as the ultimate credential for the highest quality nursing in the nation. Developed by the American Nurses Certification Center (ANCC), the Magnet® framework is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

“The ANCC Magnet® designation underscores our institutional stability and reflects the quality of our nursing staff and the care they provide,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, Mission Health. “Magnet® facilities attract and retain top talent and improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides Magnet® designation to recognize nursing excellence in three areas: Clinical Expertise and Outcomes, Workplace Environment, and Patient Experience. The Magnet®-designated hospital demonstrates a high degree of regard for registered nurses at all levels and in all roles in partnership with the interprofessional team.

“The Magnet® framework fosters a collaborative culture. Registered nurses are engaged in problem-solving for quality, decision-making and autonomy in practice to meet the current demands in care,” said Karen Olsen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, VP and Chief Nursing Officer of Mission Hospital. “Having Mission Hospital’s nursing services recognized among the top 5-10 percent in the nation is a mark of excellence with strong value proposition for key stakeholders, including physicians and patients.”

US News & World Report utilizes Magnet® designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. Currently only 468 hospitals are recognized as Magnet facilities. ANCC Magnet® designation is international and includes hospitals in Canada, Australia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

“Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence is what it means to be on the Magnet® journey,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO, Mission Health and President, Mission Hospital. “Through our Magnet® Journey at Mission Hospital over 2,400 RNs — inpatient, procedural, ambulatory areas, advanced practice registered nurses and certified registered nurse anesthetists — will use this blueprint to own their practices. Using professional governance, they will participate in developing, implementing and recognizing programs and initiatives that advance nursing standards and practice.”

At Mission Health we pursue our BIG(GER) Aim: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each patient, family and team member. Our pursuit of Magnet® status at Mission Hospital is just another commitment to the residents of our region.

Learn more about our Journey to Magnet.

About the Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® advances three goals within healthcare organizations:

  • Promote safety and quality in a setting that supports the professional practice of nursing
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/families through interprofessional collaboration
  • Create a practice environment that supports professional development

Based on the research conducted in the early 1990s the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) established the Magnet Recognition Program®. It recognizes healthcare organizations efforts at recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses. As a result an environment is created where the professional practice of nursing is valued and celebrated. The program also seeks to provide a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies.

Read more about the Magnet Recognition Program®