Sanford/USD Medical Center receives Magnet® recognition

By Sanford Medical Center

For the third-consecutive time, Sanford/USD Medical Center has achieved Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, positioning the institution in the top 1 percent of facilities nationwide for nursing excellence.

Bestowed every four years, the Magnet Recognition Program’s distinction is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional-nursing practice. Magnet® recognition is often considered when the public judges health care organizations. Just 378 of the United States’ nearly 6,000 facilities attained Magnet® status for this cycle.

“Magnet recognition is a prestigious honor that reflects our commitment to deliver the highest quality of care,” said Diana Berkland, RN, chief nursing officer at Sanford/USD Medical Center. “Our staff pursues excellence each and every day – always keeping the needs of our patients at the forefront.”

Sanford/USD Medical Center passed a rigorous and lengthy process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff. The facility was also required to submit written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes, which, when deemed to be at an excellent level, prompted an on-site review. The Commission on Magnet then voted to grant recognition.

Because Sanford/USD Medical Center was a Magnet® recipient in 2008, it was required to provide how Magnet® concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the past four years.

The Magnet® model is designed to provide framework for nursing practice and research and measurement of outcomes. Elements like quality of nursing leadership and coordination, collaboration across specialties and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care were considered for selection.

“Retaining this honor for another four years is a testament to our nurses and nursing leadership and the quality care they provide,” said Charles O’Brien, MD, president of Sanford/USD Medical Center. “We strive daily to become a better institution, and this award illustrates that this effort is surely paying dividends.”

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities:

  • 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.
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