Alegent Health Mercy Hospital Achieves National Recognition With Magnet Status
The Profession’s Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

Release Date: 06/25/2008

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Alegent Health Mercy Hospital learned Monday, July 18 that it had earned Magnet status, the profession’s gold standard for nursing excellence. Out of 6,000 hospitals nationwide, Mercy Hospital ranks in the top two percent (160 hospitals) to receive this prestigious distinction. “Our nurses, physicians and staff have created a culture of teamwork that ensures we provide the highest quality of care each day to every single patient who walks through our doors,” said Connie Blietz, chief nurse executive at Mercy Hospital. “This Magnet designation truly reflects that teamwork, a philosophy that is at the very core of every employee and physician at Mercy Hospital.” The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the ultimate benchmark for consumers to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive. The program was developed in 1993 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide exceptional nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice. To be considered a Magnet hospital, an organization must meet more than 65 stringent nursing practice standards and patient care quality indicators developed by the ANCC. “Mercy Hospital has a long history of providing exceptional, compassionate patient care,” said Marie Knedler, vice president and chief operating officer for Mercy Hospital. “Achieving this Magnet designation is a wonderful endorsement of that care, and inspires us to continue to raise the bar, always improving the quality of care our patients receive.” In addition to achieving Magnet status, patient satisfaction survey results rank Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department number one in the nation for overall quality of care. As a recipient of the Overall Top Performer Award for 2004, the Emergency Department received the highest score nationally compared to 250 other hospitals. Mercy’s inpatient care, outpatient surgery care, as well as its OB-GYN and Medical Surgical unit were all ranked in the top ten percent of the 250 hospitals involved in the survey. Mercy began the application process for the Magnet Recognition Program two and one half years ago, and in March, representatives of ANCC completed a two-day on-site visit. National studies show that hospitals that have achieved Magnet status have improved nurse to patient ratios, better patient care outcomes and higher patient satisfaction than non-magnet hospitals. Studies also show higher employee retention and satisfaction rates, helping recruit and retain nurses on staff. For more information on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Magnet Recognition Program, you can go to