NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter's University Hospital has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association for 2011-2014, making Saint Peter's one of only six hospitals in the nation and the world to receive this designation for four consecutive terms. Magnet recognition is the highest honor for nursing service excellence that any hospital can receive. There are 382 Magnet hospitals out of 5,000 hospitals in the nation and 8,000 worldwide. Saint Peter's was the 10th hospital in the nation to first receive the designation in 1998. "It is my extreme pleasure and honor to lead an organization that has achieved this coveted award for nearly a decade and a half," said Ronald C. Rak, J.D., president and CEO of Saint Peter's Healthcare System. "Our re-designation demonstrates the clinical excellence that continues to exist at Saint Peter’s and traverses all disciplines. As one Magnet surveyor stated: 'The teamwork that is evident in this facility cannot be staged.'" Magnet status is awarded to hospitals that deliver an extraordinary level of patient care, meet high levels of nursing excellence, establish an environment that encourages nurses to pursue their professional development and emphasize teamwork. The award comes after the successful completion of an extensive review and evaluation of nursing services throughout the hospital, including a three-day on-site visit by surveyors. Hospitals must be reevaluated every four years to maintain their Magnet designation. Linda Carroll, RNC, MSN, and director, Professional Practice, led the application process. "Our nursing staff is outstanding and one of the most caring and compassionate groups of healthcare professionals found anywhere," Carroll said. "They constantly set the standard for exemplary care, always keeping patients and families first in their work." "Today Saint Peter's University Hospital was honored to become a member of a select group of hospitals re-designated to a fourth Magnet Award by the ANCC," added Linda Strauss, CCRN, Professional Practice Council chair and Market and Mentoring chair for nursing at Saint Peter's. "It is only through the development of quality nursing leadership, our professional nurses and dedication to the community we serve that Saint Peter's University Hospital has been honored as one of the six facilities re-designated for a fourth Magnet Award. Living our professional practice model of 'Caring, Compassion, Calling, Collaboration and Culture' every day makes our nursing achievement possible." Independent research has shown that Magnet hospitals consistently provide the highest quality patient care and out-perform their peers in recruiting and retaining quality nurses, which, in turn, has been directly connected to attracting high-quality physicians. "I am honored to be part of an organization that has been recognized for our fourth re-designation as a Magnet facility," said Elizabeth Wykpisz, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, and chief nursing officer. "This is a national and international recognition that embodies nursing excellence related to patient outcomes and clinical quality, coupled with delivering care with compassion."
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