Bronson Methodist Hospital Receives Highest National Honor for Nursing
Kalamazoo, Mich. — For a second time, Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) has attained Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and is considered the gold standard. It is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice and, to date, only seven percent of U.S. hospitals have earned it. This places Bronson Methodist Hospital among a select group of 401 health care organizations out of nearly 6,000.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality care to this community,” said Denise Neely, MBA, BSN, RN, Bronson Healthcare vice president and BMH chief nursing officer. “To earn Magnet recognition in 2009 was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. To achieve this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire organization to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”
In evaluating whether a health care organization should achieve Magnet recognition, ANCC considers the following five components that are considered global issues in nursing and health care:
- Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs
- Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges
- Competent, dedicated and empowered nurses
- Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements
- Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership, staff and providers. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.
An organization like Bronson seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts were sustained over the four-year period since the hospital’s last Magnet recognition. As organizations that have mastered these areas, Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.
“We’re a better institution today because of the Magnet Recognition Program,” said Katie Harrelson, MSA, BS, RN, Bronson Healthcare senior vice president and BMH chief operating officer. “Like the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, it has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. Patients who choose a Magnet hospital can be assured they are getting the best possible care.”