Greenville Memorial Hospital achieves Magnet status

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Greenville Health System’s Greenville Memorial Hospital has been granted Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for delivery of care, according to a news release.

Just 471 out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. Greenville Memorial is the fifth hospital in the state and second hospital in Greenville County to achieve Magnet recognition. Other South Carolina hospitals to achieve the status include AnMed Health in Anderson, Bon Secours St. Francis in Charleston, Greer Memorial Hospital, and MUSC Health in Charleston.

“Magnet designation is the outcome of a commitment to quality and excellence, providing the best care possible for each patient and family we serve. On behalf of more than 2,500 nurses, we are extremely proud. We are now among the elite group of hospitals that are Magnet designated, and I am grateful to the clinical nurses and nurse leaders whose relentless pursuit of excellence is apparent every day,” said Lori Knarr Stanley, chief nursing officer at Greenville Memorial.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations, according to a news release. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, a lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates, and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

The ANCC evaluates hospitals by their quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care, according to a news release. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that requires 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.

“Magnet designation is so important because it’s professional, international validation of what we already know — that we deliver excellent care and have been for decades,” said registered nurse Jeff Everett, who joined the staff at Greenville Memorial in 2014 and served as a peer leader for the Magnet designation’s Champions of Excellence committee. “I was inspired by the nursing staff as a family caregiver and as a student, and now as a professional I’m proud to serve alongside this group of exceptional nurses. The community should be proud of them as well.”

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