SARASOTA (Nov. 14, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital received Magnet recognition again today, a testament to the health system’s nurses and the organization’s continued dedication to top-notch care.
SMH has earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® Magnet designation continuously since 2003, a four-time achievement attained by less than 1 percent of the nation’s 6,300-plus hospitals. SMH is among just 51 Magnet hospitals to earn the designation four times.
Valid for four years, Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and the gold standard for measuring quality of care and professionalism in nursing practice.
SMH nurses, leaders and staff who filled the hospital auditorium cheered when the announcement was made during a conference call with the Magnet Commission this morning.
“It was clear to us that you have a great hospital," said Magnet Commission Executive Committee Vice Chair Brian Selig, adding that the recognition is the result of Sarasota Memorial’s “contributions to nursing excellence, your dedication to your nurses, your team and most importantly, your patients.”
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy application and review process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff to demonstrate Magnet elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
“Magnet recognition reflects not only the hard work of our nurses, but also the support of our entire organization to create an environment that cultivates and promotes excellence in nursing,” said SMH Chief Nursing Officer Connie Andersen. “Achieving that recognition since 2003 demonstrates our health system’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients and community.”
There are tangible benefits and measurable differences between hospitals that have achieved Magnet status and those that have not, according to the ANCC. Magnet hospitals tend to have lower nursing turnover rates, higher average length of employment and their nurses tend to be more highly educated and report higher job satisfaction. Most importantly, the ANCC research shows they outperform non-Magnet hospitals in national patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates, lower failure-to-rescue rates, lower fall rates and higher patient satisfaction.
About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest 5-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.
About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies 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.