Sarasota Memorial’s nurses received further confirmation that they’re among the nation’s best caregivers. This week, the hospital learned it has earned Magnet Nursing Recognition for the third time!
The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing. Just 7 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have earned this prestigious designation, and SMH is the only hospital in the region with Magnet status.
Sarasota Memorial first received Magnet Recognition in 2003 and was re-designated in 2008. Each time, the bar is set higher. In fact, we’re in a very small, select club, as only 1 percent of hospitals are granted designation for a third time! It’s a challenging and lengthy process. Last year, we submitted thousands of pages of documentation, and four independent Magnet surveyors visited us in November to measure our performance against 88 Magnet standards.
When the national Magnet team gave SMH the good news that it had been designated for four more years, they called the hospital “an exemplary organization extremely deserving of the honor.” In addition to the excellent bedside care, the Magnet team praised the hospital’s community outreach and ongoing commitment to devote the resources necessary to provide high-quality nursing care despite facing unique challenges as a public hospital.
“Earning this honor for the third time is a huge accomplishment that proves we don’t rest on our laurels,” said Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck. “It’s a confirmation of our nurses’ passion for excellence and our ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of patient care.”
In the photo above, Jan, left, with CEO Gwen MacKenzie, congratulates Magnet Program Co-Directors Sue Shkrab and Leeann Putney, and our 1,200 awesome Magnet nurses! At left, nurses dig in to cake to celebrate.