The Valley Hospital has received the prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence for a third consecutive time. Valley is among only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
Conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Magnet program provides national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care. The ANCC, the nation's largest and foremost nursing accrediting and credentialing organization chose the term "magnet" to describe a hospital's ability to attract high-quality nurses.
"Our re-designation as a Magnet facility reflects our nurses' commitment to providing exceptional care in a patient- and family-centered environment," says Ann Marie Leichman, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Valley. "This prestigious recognition is a result of the extraordinary work our nurses do every day."
"Achieving this designation places Valley in the top tier of U.S. hospitals," said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. "This designation provides recognition of excellence in nursing, and achieving it took the efforts of all of our staff, those at the bedside and those who work behind the scenes," Meyers said.
Hospitals that apply for Magnet re-designation must meet rigorous standards to prove that they have demonstrated various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
"To our patients, their families, and the community we serve, Magnet designation reinforces that Valley is the best place to receive care," said Leichman. "It is a tribute to the quality of care our nursing staff provides and I am very proud of this recognition."