Texas Health Fort Worth Receives Second Magnet Designation|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was recently re-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet hospital, an honor that recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing services. Texas Health Fort Worth was the first in Tarrant County to earn Magnet status in 2005 and is the first to achieve Magnet re-designation.
Only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved the coveted Magnet status, perhaps the most prestigious recognition honoring nursing excellence.
“Magnet re-designation is an even greater achievement for hospitals,” said Karen Robeano, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “Texas Health Fort Worth had to prove how our nursing practice and programs have improved and matured since the original designation four years ago.”
Just as the name implies, a Magnet-recognized hospital is known for its magnetic nursing environment, which studies show attract and retain well-qualified nurses by creating an environment where nurses and staff work collaboratively and within a culture that supports new ideas and excellent work practices.
Having a Magnet recognized hospital nearby means that when a hospital visit is needed, the patient can expect to see a dedication to better patient outcomes, a shorter length of stay and higher rates of patient satisfaction, in addition to having nurses who spend more time at the bedside, according to the ANCC.
Magnet organizations have transformed the hospital environment, fostered innovative, patient-focused ideas and raised the bar on patient care, according to ANCC’s Web site.
“Texas Health Fort Worth has a long, rich history of providing quality patient care in Tarrant County,” said Oscar L. Amparan, hospital president. “This honor is evidence that we continue to raise the bar and are a leader in delivering quality, safe patient care.”
While Magnet designation demonstrates the importance that an organization places on nurses and nursing care in achieving positive patient outcomes, it also acknowledges the fact that the physicians on the medical staff and the entire hospital team are working effectively together to create a culture that supports patient safety, quality and satisfaction, Amparan added.
Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. As a natural outcome of this, the program elevates the reputation and standards of the nursing profession.
“Magnet re-designation gives us the ability to measure our performance against national standards in a variety of areas, and to highlight what we are doing that is innovative and exciting in terms of patient care and nursing outcomes,” Robeano said.
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