CHI Health St. Francis Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence

CHI Health St. Francis achieved Magnet recognition in May as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, St. Francis joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 523 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

"Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care," said Beth Bartlett, vice president, St. Francis Patient Care Services. "Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud."

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of "America’s Best Hospitals" includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

About CHI Health St. Francis

CHI Health St. Francis has been Grand Island’s hospital since 1887. Today, the hospital is a regional referral center, with more than 100 physicians and 1,100 employees working together to build a healthier community — their goal is to provide patients with high-quality medical care close to home, where they can be supported by their family, friends, and community.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor 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.

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