Blacksburg, VA – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery has attained Magnet Recognition® for the third time – the highest national honor for professional nursing practice and a testament to the Hospital’s continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. A program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence; only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve this prestigious recognition.

“This is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” explains Alan Fabian, CEO of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet Recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare 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 healthcare 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 this 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. Healthcare organizations must reapply every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

An organization reapplying for Magnet Recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

“We’re a better organization today because of the first Magnet Recognition we achieved years ago,” Fabian says. “It raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain this prestigious recognition.”