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.
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