Rockford, Illinois News

SwedishAmerican nurses receive Magnet recognition

ROCKFORD — SwedishAmerican nurses were honored Thursday by receiving Magnet recognition for their professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition program, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met.

SwedishAmerican received its first Magnet designation in 2015 when it was recognized as a Magnet hospital. This time, Magnet recognition covered nursing care delivered across the entire SwedishAmerican health system.

“We’re making history again today,” SwedishAmerican Chief Nursing Officer Ann Gantzer said. “Magnet is the gold standard of nursing, recognizing not just nursing excellence, but a culture of excellence. Achieving this redesignation validates once again the excellent care that we provide our patients.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. Magnet recognition is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations that have been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities.

The ANCC recognized SwedishAmerican health system with nine exemplars, areas in which nurses outperformed the national mean, median or other benchmark statistic. The hospital received three exemplars in 2015.

“Magnet is not just a title or an award,” SwedishAmerican Magnet Program Manager Amy Dull said. “It is the highest designation of excellence and the highest honor that we as professional nurses could be a part of. Magnet redesignation is all about our outcomes and continued improvement. We are never content with keeping things the way they are. We will keep moving forward and making this organization a better place for our patients and for all of us.”