MetroHealth Again Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence
(Cleveland, Ohio) – The American Nurses Credentialing Center has once again granted The MetroHealth System Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing services. This elite honor – the gold standard in nursing care – has been achieved by approximately 6 percent of hospitals in the U.S. Back in 2005, MetroHealth was one of two public hospitals in the country to earn this recognition.
“This achievement puts MetroHealth in a very elite group of hospitals recognized for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice,” said MetroHealth CEO and President Mark J.Moran. “We have done well largely because of the strength of our nursing staff. When you go through the evaluation process, you see the strength of the people, the processes, and the plans for continuous improvement. Hospitals earning this achievement demonstrate better patient outcomes, lower mortality rates, shorter lengths of stay, and increased patient satisfaction; this is a great source of pride for MetroHealth and for our nursing staff.”
In their recent visit to MetroHealth, the Magnet surveyors praised the staff for the quality of care delivered to patients, especially those hospitalized with complex conditions. They were particularly impressed with MetroHealth’s role in serving the most vulnerable populations in the community.
“This is all about moving forward, making improvements, and making a good organization an even better organization for our patients,” said MetroHealth Vice President of Nursing Jane Fusilero. “We prepared for the application process and site review for the past year, putting together documentation from nurses on the floors and throughout the System, citing examples of how they provide great clinical care, improve patient outcomes, and work with patients and families to meet their needs. This honor is a testament to the hard work, dedication, perseverance and commitment of our nursing staff.”
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed in 1994 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive.
MetroHealth employs approximately 1,250 inpatient and ambulatory nurses. Both MetroHealth nurses and patients played a direct role in achieving Magnet Re-designation by providing interviews and personal testimonies to Magnet surveyors during a week-long site review visit in January.