SARASOTA (Jan. 13, 2014) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital succeeded in achieving Magnet® designation for the third time, a rigorous challenge accomplished by just 1 percent of the nation’s hospitals, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today.
Widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care, Magnet status is a 4-year designation given sparingly to hospitals that demonstrate excellence and professionalism in nursing. Less than 400 hospitals worldwide have earned the quality designation, and just 1 percent have been designated three times since recognition was first bestowed in 1994.
During a conference call with the American Nurses Credentialing Center on Monday, Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck (left) learned that the hospital earned "Magnet" status for the third time – an achievement accomplished by just 1 percent of the nation’s hospitals. The hospital was first granted Magnet status in 2003 under the leadership of Sarasota Memorial's former CNO Lynn Whisman (right), and re-designated under Mauck's leadership in 2008 and 2014. The ANCC continually raises the bar to reflect the highest standards of practice, and earning re-designation for the third time is a “remarkable” achievement, Magnet Commission Chairwoman Deborah Zimmerman and Global Director Linda Lewis told Sarasota Memorial leaders and hundreds of nurses and staff gathered in the hospital auditorium Monday for the official announcement.
Sarasota Memorial remains the only hospital south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast to successfully complete the voluntary credentialing program for hospitals, first earning nursing’s highest honor in 2003. The ANCC continually raises the bar to reflect the highest standards of practice. Earning Magnet status for the third time is a “remarkable” achievement, Magnet Commission Chairwoman Deborah Zimmerman and Magnet Director Linda Lewis told Sarasota Memorial leaders and hundreds of nurses and staff gathered in the hospital auditorium Monday for the official announcement. “You are exemplary as a Magnet organization.”
Hospitals must undergo extensive evaluation, including on-site review of policies and clinical practice, every four years to maintain their Magnet designation. The re-designation process began last year, after Sarasota Memorial submitted thousands of pages of documentation, and four Magnet surveyors visited the hospital in November to measure its performance against 88 Magnet standards. They visited more than 40 nursing units and several off-site departments, conducted dozens of information gathering sessions with nurses, physicians, community and academic partners, and personnel from virtually every area of the organization.
“Although Magnet recognizes our 1,200 excellent nurses, every single person in our health system plays a role in maintaining our Magnet designation,” Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck said. “Achieving Magnet status truly is a testament to their incredible passion, expertise, teamwork and commitment to delivering excellent patient care.”
Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and retaining "the best and brightest" nurses, which results in better outcomes for patients, according to the ANCC. Independent studies show Magnet hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, higher patient satisfaction, better nurse-to-patient ratios and lower mortality rates. Magnet designation also contributes to an organization's standing in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" lists. Sarasota Memorial also is the only hospital in the region that has ranked among U.S.News' top hospitals.
Besides excellent bedside care and superior quality and safety outcomes the hospital demonstrated, the Magnet surveyors praised Sarasota Memorial nurses and staff for dedication they display beyond the hospital walls, including those who volunteer at the hospital’s Community Medical Clinic providing free care to the uninsured and who spend their time promoting the health of the community through presentations and free events at Sarasota Memorial’s HealthSquare at Westfield Sarasota Square and other outreach locations.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.