Medical City Plano has achieved Magnet® status for an unprecedented third time in Plano, in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.
“With this re-credentialing, Medical City Plano maintains its position in global community of Magnet recognized organizations,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “Only 35 hospitals in the State of Texas and 454 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.”
Magnet recognition is a voluntary credentialing program determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program which ensures rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. It is the highest honor a healthcare organization can receive for professional nursing practice. With this credential, Medical City Plano becomes the first and only hospital in Plano to achieve the distinction three times.
“Achieving Magnet recognition for the third time is a tremendous honor and reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community,” Sandy Haire, RN and Sr. Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Medical City Plano. “It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”
Magnet recognition is the gold standard of nursing excellence and is factored into the overall rating of healthcare organizations. For example, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition among its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must submit to a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation at all levels, from staff to leadership. The process begins with the submission of a written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding the culture of nursing to promote professional development, patient outcomes, knowledge generation and dissemination of evidenced based practices.
Hospitals seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and further solidified in the four years since the hospital received its initial recognition. Medical City Plano received its first designation in 2007.
A close association has been demonstrated between Magnet® recognition and measurable benefits to hospitals and their communities, including higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information. Nurses also report higher job satisfaction.