2013 Magnet Redesignation
Abington Memorial Hospital Demonstrates Continued Excellence in Nursing, Achieves ANCC Magnet® Recognition . . . For the Third Time
Abington Memorial Hospital has once again joined a prestigious list of healthcare organizations that have been recognized as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which recognizes superior quality in nursing care as evidenced by performance outcomes.
ANCC conducts thorough evaluations of hospitals seeking both initial recognition and redesignation, judging proficiency and leadership in the following five key areas that are considered global issues in nursing and healthcare:
- Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
- Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
- Competent, dedicated, and empowered nurses
- Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice and systemic improvements
- Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization
Currently, only 23 healthcare organizations in Pennsylvania, and 395 nationwide have achieved Magnet recognition. An organization that reapplies for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.
2011 Magnet Honor
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board of directors established the Magnet Honors in 2011, to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. This is the second-highest honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet community.
Abington’s winning entry highlighted the Sacred Space Model of Care , a nurse driven project that has transformed care of the surgical patient through the use of innovative design, incorporating nurse caring behaviors and healing environmental modalities. This model, rooted in Watson’s Theory of Caring, has combined nurse caring behaviors (presence, touch, listening) with environmental changes (dim lighting, soft music, soothing wall murals) to create a healing environment for all surgical patients.
2008 Magnet Prize
One of the most prestigious awards in nursing, The Magnet Prize, was awarded to AMH for its Daily CARE Plan , a patient information sheet that provides current and relevant information regarding the patient's plan of care, which is distributed each day to patients and their families. This tool contains daily clinical information about the patient from the hospital's clinical information system.
Bestowed to one Magnet hospital each year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Magnet Prize recognizes extraordinary inventions that transform work environments. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet organizations and recognizes cutting-edge research, practices, services, technologies, programs or other exemplary innovations with demonstrable positive outcomes. AMH joins the prestigious Mayo Clinic in receiving this award.
2008 Magnet Re-designation
Awarded first in 2003, AMH's nursing service received Magnet re-designation, which is one of the nation's highest forms of recognition for nursing excellence, in 2008. Only 13 other hospitals in the State of Pennsylvania, and just five percent of hospitals nationwide (289), have received this four-year accreditation, effective until 2012.
2003 Magnet Designation
The nursing service at Abington Memorial Hospital received one of the nation's highest forms of recognition for excellence, with the prestigious Magnet Designation. AMH was the first acute care hospital in the Philadelphia area to receive the designation. At the time, only three other hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania, and just two percent of hospitals nationwide (83), have received this four-year accreditation.
Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nursing profession's top honor recognizes quality patient care and exemplary nursing leadership. The application process involves a voluntary peer review whereby a team of professional registered nurses with experience in quality indicators, nursing administration, and nursing care appraises a hospital's nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery.
Established in 1993, the Magnet Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing Services is the highest level of recognition by the ANCC available to facilities that provide excellent nursing care. Although its focus is on nurses and their practice and care, the Magnet designation validates superior performance from staff who work with the nurses on the health care team.