Geisinger Medical Center earns redesignation as a Magnet hospital

CONTACT:  Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c), msferlazzo@geisinger.edu
July 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANVILLE, Pa. – The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recently announced that Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) has earned redesignation as a Magnet® hospital.

GMC joins an elite group of only 24 Pennsylvania hospitals and 395 hospitals in the United States that have achieved Magnet status (less than 7 percent).

“Achieving Magnet reaccreditation validates the high quality of care our nurses continue to provide daily at GMC,” said Glenn Steele Jr., M.D, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Geisinger Health System. “Nurses remain at the core of our mission and vision and they should be proud of receiving this prestigious honor again.”

Magnet designation is a highly coveted distinction for health care institutions, which must satisfy a demanding set of criteria measuring the strength and quality of nursing and patient care outcomes. Magnet hospitals are known as places where nurses deliver excellent patient care and have a high level of job satisfaction. They also encourage open communication between nurses and members of the health care team and provide nurse involvement in decision-making about patient care.

“It’s an honor to receive this redesignation,” said Sue Hallick, RN, BSN, MHA NEA-BC, executive vice president and system chief nursing officer, Geisinger Health System. “This honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the high performing nursing and patient care teams at GMC, who make a difference in our patients’ lives each and every day.”

Last April, GMC submitted the electronic 4,000-page Magnet document providing evidence of how the hospital met the high quality criteria of Magnet redesignation and ultimately patient care outcomes. GMC nurses, staff, executive leaders and board members were joined by members of the community who welcomed Magnet appraisers on June 10 for a three-day visit – the final phase of the reaccreditation process.

Hospitals earn Magnet designation for a four-year period, during which the ANCC conducts annual reviews requesting updated documentation. At the end of four years, the hospital will go through the entire Magnet redesignation process once again.

“The Magnet redesignation continues to reaffirm what we already know — that our nurses are among the best in the nation,” said Hallick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At left: Hallick and patient care staff from GMC react to news of receiving Magnet redesignation.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 413,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and  Facebook.

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