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Magnet recognition renewed at Novant Health hospitals in greater Winston-Salem market

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  Novant Health is pleased to announce that four hospitals in its greater Winston-Salem market have recently received Magnet status, a prestigious honor for nursing programs. These programs have been recognized for excellence and quality in nursing care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center, Novant Health Medical Park Hospital and Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center each achieved the elite designation. Only 8% of hospitals nationwide are recognized as Magnet hospitals.

This year marks Clemmons Medical Center’s first recognition as a separate campus under Forsyth Medical Center’s designation. This is Forsyth Medical Center’s fourth time achieving the distinction, an achievement that underscores a continued commitment to meet the healthcare needs of patients and the local community. Kernersville Medical Center and Medical Park Hospital joined Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center’s Magnet designation as additional campuses in 2014 and each earned renewal this year.

“Earning Magnet recognition has been a great source of pride for our nurses and our hospitals since Forsyth Medical Center became one of the first 100 hospitals in the country to achieve this distinction back in 2004,” said Janet Bright, vice president and chief nursing officer for Novant Health’s greater Winston-Salem market. “Having our Magnet designation renewed is a reflection of our tremendous nursing teams and showcases our organization’s dedication to the patients and families who benefit every day from our outstanding care delivery.”

Published research has shown that hospitals with Magnet recognition have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the workplace. Patients receiving care at Magnet recognized hospitals have been recorded as experiencing lower mortality rates and greater satisfaction during their stay and are able to go home sooner.

This news of Magnet recognition comes on the heels of Novant Health’s recent announcement of a significant $181.4 million community investment toward Forsyth Medical Center.

Novant Health’s Magnet journey in Winston-Salem

Forsyth Medical Center’s division of nursing started the journey toward achieving Magnet recognition in 1999. In January 2004, Forsyth Medical Center became the 94th Magnet hospital in the United States and the first Magnet designated facility in the Novant Health system.

Novant Health’s hospitals in the greater Charlotte market are up for system redesignation this year. Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center is slated for redesignation in 2020. In all, ANCC has conferred Magnet recognition to the nursing programs at eight Novant Health campuses. 

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019