December 18, 2013
The Designation Recognizes Nursing Excellence
Blacksburg, VA, Nov. 29, 2013 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is among a select group of healthcare organizations nationwide to receive Magnet® recognition – a designation held by less than seven percent of U.S. hospitals. This is the second time the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® has granted the hospital this credential for meeting rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
“This is the highest national honor for nursing excellence, and I am very proud of the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery nurses who work tirelessly each and every day to provide exceptional patient care,” said Loressa Cole, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer. “While this prestigious accomplishment is recognition for nursing excellence, everyone in our organization contributes to a positive patient experience.”
While the initial application process for Magnet recognition is rigorous and extensive, an organization that reapplies must provide documented evidence of how the Magnet concepts were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its initial recognition.
“It’s this focus on outcomes that has provided a significant opportunity to highlight our staff’s excellence,” said Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “To be redesignated is truly a testament to the efforts of our staff and our organization’s continued commitment to providing quality care.”
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and shown to result in higher patient satisfaction and lower risk of 30-day mortality. In fact, 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.
“We are as humbled as ever to remain among the best of the best,” said Cole. “This is truly a hospital-wide affirmation of our commitment to our patients and the community.”