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Main Line Health receives second System Magnet® designation

Main Line Health December 20, 2019 News Releases

Main Line Health (MLH) has received its second System Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's highest recognition of excellence in nursing care, as well as exceptional multidisciplinary teamwork, awarded to only eight percent of hospitals in the nation. Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Paoli Hospital have been designated for the fourth time, and Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice have received designation for the second time.

“I could not be more proud of our nursing staff for their professionalism, teamwork and their dedication to fulfilling the tenets of the Magnet program each day,” says Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Main Line Health. “Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community. To earn System Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our team. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence our staff carries out in their daily work.”

In addition to Magnet designation, Main Line Health also received five “exemplars” from the ANCC. Exemplars are determined by the Commission on Magnet Recognition and represent a best practice among Magnet hospitals. Main Line Health was recognized for exemplary professional practice in the following areas:

  • Nursing Leadership Advocacy – Providing a superior patient experience and offering integrative and holistic therapies (Reiki, Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau, etc.)
  • Transformational Leadership – Culture of Safety
  • Transformational Leadership – Communication strategy/change management—human trafficking screening program implementation
  • Professional Nursing Certification – Clinical nurses and nurse leaders
  • Legislative Impact – Keeping Nurses Safe—advocacy of the Main Line Health Culture of Safety

“The reason we are so deeply committed to our Magnet journey is the benefit to our patients,” says Jack Lynch, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Main Line Health. “Magnet organizations have proven to have decreased mortality and morbidity rates, better patient outcomes, and shorter hospital stays, as well as safer work environments, higher nursing staff engagement, and consistently deliver a superior experience to every patient who walks through their doors. We also know that Magnet recognition is not only a reflection of our excellence in nursing care. It’s a result of the teamwork and collaboration of each and every one of our more than 13,000 employees, physicians, volunteers, board members and community partners who are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all.”

Magnet recognition is widely accepted as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Achieving Magnet status benefits patients, nurses and health care organizations by attracting and retaining top talent, improving patient care, safety and satisfaction, fostering a collaborative culture, advancing nursing standards and practice, and growing business and financial success. Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its last recognition.

To learn more about nursing careers at Main Line Health, visit mainlinehealth.org/nursing.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.