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Seven Novant Health hospitals earn prestigious Magnet® designation

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – April 4, 2014 – Novant Health is celebrating a major achievement in nursing care that demonstrates the quality and compassionate care that patients have come to expect. Seven hospitals have achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):

  • Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
  • Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center
  • Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
  • Novant Health Medical Park Hospital
  • Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the national gold standard requiring excellence in three key areas: nursing satisfaction, patient satisfaction and clinical performance. Nationally, about 400 healthcare organizations have earned Magnet status and only 23 organizations in North Carolina are among this select group.

“To have five facilities redesignated and two facilities – Kernersville Medical Center and Medical Park Hospital – earn Magnet status for the first time is a tremendous achievement,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO, Novant Health. “We want patients to know that when they come to our hospitals, they’ll be treated by a team of professional and compassionate nurses who go above and beyond in caring for their patients.”

Hospitals that earn Magnet status tend to attract and retain the most qualified nurses, have lower rates of nursing staff turnover, lower rates of patient falls, and greater availability of help for patients; all of which contribute to better patient safety. Novant Health is committed to making the healthcare experience simpler, more convenient and more affordable. We’re creating an environment in which our nurses work at the top of their license in order to transform care at the bedside. By enabling patients to focus on getting better and staying healthy, nurses are helping to fulfill the Novant Health promise to make healthcare remarkable.

“This recognition speaks to the dedication of our nurses, physicians and staff,” said Sallye Liner, RN, chief clinical officer, Novant Health. “Achieving this designation is the result of years of preparation, a desire to truly help people and a commitment to providing remarkable care.”

To earn Magnet status, the hospitals provided evidence of patient care and outcomes, and underwent a rigorous review that included an on-site visit. The goals of the Magnet Recognition Program are to promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice, to identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and to encourage “best practices” in nursing services.

About Novant Health

Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston–Salem, N.C., Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our communities, serving more than four million patients annually. In 2013, Novant Health provided more than $566 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 “Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work” by Diversity MBA Magazine. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health-care organization that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014