(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by Lowell General Hospital.)
May 26, 2015 (Lowell, MA) – Lowell General Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest designation a hospital can achieve for patient care. It recognizes healthcare organizations for high-quality patient care, exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, nursing excellence and innovations in professional practice.
Lowell General Hospital first achieved Magnet recognition in 2010 and is one of nine healthcare organizations in Massachusetts with Magnet designation. The hospital is one of only 4% of U.S. hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition for a second time—a process considered even more difficult than achieving initial designation.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for Lowell General Hospital,” says Cecelia Lynch, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive. “I am proud to be part of Lowell General and see our team’s commitment and dedication to our patients and their loved ones every day. Lowell General Hospital is honored to receive this recognition and grateful for our patient care team that delivers high-quality, compassionate care to our community.”
Lowell General Hospital was notified of the recognition through a conference call with the Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program on May 19 after an intense application process. The hospital’s electronic document included detailed examples in patient care, nurse leadership, professional practice and development, innovations and improvements. The process concluded this past March with a three-day onsite evaluation by Magnet appraisers who conducted extensive staff and patient interviews as well as a review of all patient care services.
“Our team is continually looking for ways to evaluate, improve and excel in our practices in order to offer the highest quality care for our patients in their own community,” says Joseph White, President of Lowell General Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition is a testament to this innovation and the commitment of the Lowell General Hospital team. We made a promise to our community to provide Complete connected care in every aspect of our patient’s care and experience at Lowell General Hospital. This official recognition from the ANCC is an incredible achievement. It shows that we are taking our promise seriously and are dedicated to exceeding the expectations and care needs of the people we serve.”
Research shows that there are clear benefits to hospitals that are recognized with a Magnet designation and to the community they serve:
· Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of the hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
· Designated facilities consistently outperform others in recruiting and retaining nurses, including increased job satisfaction, which results in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
· Healthcare organizations with a Magnet status achieved from quality patient care attract high caliber physicians and specialists to their medical staff team.
Lowell General Hospital employs more than 1,500 nurses, nursing assistants and nurse technicians.
About Lowell General Hospital
Lowell General Hospital is a not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses located in Lowell, Massachusetts, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors. For more information about Lowell General Hospital and its services, visit lowellgeneral.org
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About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) 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 healthcare organizations 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.
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