Wellstar Paulding Hospital achieves magnet recognition

Wellstar Paulding Hospital announced it achieved global magnet recognition in October.The honor is a reflection of the hospital's nursing professionalism, teamwork and excellence in patient care.The hospital is only the 12th in Georgia to receive this recognition.“Magnet recognition has many benefits — not just for the nurses who provide care, but also for the patients who receive that care,” Vicky Hogue said.Magnet recognition is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence

The health care facility is only the 12th in Georgia to receive the recognition

Wellstar Paulding Hospital has achieved global magnet recognition, Wellstar Health System announced.

The Magnet Recognition Program, which was developed the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public considers health care organizations.

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The program began several decades ago to recognize quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovative professional nursing practice. Wellstar Paulding is only the 12th hospital in Georgia to receive this recognition.

According to ANCC’s website, the Magnet Recognition Program is more than an award — it’s “steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with contented nurses at its heart.” The program was designed to “provide a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization.”

With this credential, Wellstar Paulding Hospital joins the global community of magnet-recognized organizations. Currently, only about 8% of all hospitals and health facilities worldwide are magnet certified.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Jill Case-Wirth, chief nurse executive for Wellstar Health System. “Achieving magnet recognition validates the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ and interprofessional teams’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

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Research demonstrates magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and the communities they serve, 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.

• Fewer nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

“Magnet recognition has many benefits — not just for the nurses who provide care, but also for the patients who receive that care,” said Vicky Hogue, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer at the hospital. “For example, changes in nursing practice are guided by research for better outcomes, which results in higher patient and employee satisfaction and a shorter patient stay.”

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The magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions, including 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.

“Ultimately, this recognition aligns with the Wellstar Paulding’s culture of ‘neighbors caring for neighbors,” Hogue said.

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