Bronson Methodist Hospital Receives National Honor for Nursing

Published on February 04, 2019

Bronson Methodist Hospital Receives Highest National Honor for Nursing

Image of Magnet logoFor the third time in a row, Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) has attained Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) for demonstrating excellence in nursing. Magnet status is the gold standard for professional nursing practice and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. BMH is the only hospital in southwest Michigan, and one of only 12 hospitals in the state, to receive this recognition. Additionally, to date, less than 500 hospitals in the U.S. have earned it.

“Magnet recognition confirms the high caliber of nursing excellence Bronson provides, and further validates the organization’s commitment to advancing the health of our communities,” said Frank Sardone, Bronson’s president and chief executive officer. “It is an honor to be rated among the best in the country for both medical and nursing care.”

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet standards of excellence, demonstrating improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide evidence to demonstrate improvement in performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition. The process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

In evaluating whether a healthcare organization should be awarded Magnet recognition, the ANCC considers the following five components that are considered global issues in nursing and healthcare:

  1. Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
  2. Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
  3. Competent, dedicated and empowered nurses
  4. Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements
  5. Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization

During the site visit this past fall, appraisers noted three exemplar areas of work among BMH nurses, including:

  1. Care coordination and continuity of care, noting the emergency department’s work to reduce patient length of stay and patients who leave without being seen.
  2. Nurse-led quality improvement activities, noting a project within the neonatal intensive care unit to reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage.
  3. Nurse sensitive clinical indicators, noting that the hospitals’ perinatal care for elective delivery outperformed the national benchmark over the past two years.

“We are extremely proud of our nurses and the excellent care they provide to Bronson patients and their families,” said Denise Neely, vice president and chief nursing officer. “Receiving Magnet status for the third time in a row is an honor, and recognition of the knowledge, experience and commitment these nurses have, and their ability to deliver exceptional patient experiences for every patient, every time. It also provides a vehicle for Bronson nurses to share best practices and strategies for success with their colleagues across the country."

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit

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