St. Mary's honored for 'gold standard' nursing care

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St. Mary’s Medical Center recently announced it received its first Magnet Redesignation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet Recognition Program honors healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. Magnet designation is the gold standard for nursing care.

St. Mary’s Journey to Nursing Excellence began in 2005, which resulted in the Magnet designation in 2011. St. Mary’s Medical Center was the first hospital in Evansville to achieve this high honor.

“This has truly been a team effort, and I would like to thank anyone and everyone who has had a hand in our Magnet® Redesignation journey,” said Darcy Ellison, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Mary’s Health. “I am very proud to work among such a high caliber family of nursing and healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality, personalized care. Each and every one of them has made this possible once again.”

As a Magnet Redesignated facility, St. Mary’s is among a very elite group. Approximately 7 percent of all registered hospitals in the United States have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition status. It is a clear testament to our community that St. Mary’s places the care of our patients at the center of what we do by creating an environment where our staff are empowered to provide the highest quality care. St. Mary’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

According to the ANCC, “Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality care that they can expect to receive.”

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