Sanford USD Medical Center and clinics in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, attained Magnet recognition for the fifth straight time, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Receiving Magnet recognition for the fifth time is a great achievement for Sanford USD Medical Center and clinics as it continues to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet recognized organizations.
“We are one of less than 40 hospitals to be honored for the fifth-straight time,” said Paul Hanson, president and CEO for Sanford USD Medical Center. “Congratulations and thank you to our nurses, nursing leadership and all other team members who made our Magnet designation possible. They’ve truly made Sanford Health a destination for care and employment.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and the patients we serve, such as:
- Higher patient satisfaction
- Better patient outcomes
- Improved safety and quality
- Highly educated and skilled nurses
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses
“Our nurses are the core of patient care and we are incredibly grateful to have such gifted and dedicated nurses at Sanford USD Medical Center,” said Kelly Hefti, vice president of nursing and clinical services at Sanford USD Medical Center.
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
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 to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model comprises 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 achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands 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.
Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.
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