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Mission Hospital Celebrates Journey to Magnet®

On September 29, 2017, Mission Hospital officially celebrated its journey to becoming a Magnet®-designated hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Consumers rely on Magnet® designation as the ultimate credential for the highest quality nursing in the nation. Developed by the American Nurses Certification Center (ANCC), the Magnet® framework is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

“The ANCC Magnet® designation underscores our institutional stability and reflects the quality of our nursing staff and the care they provide,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, Mission Health.  “Magnet® facilities attract and retain top talent and improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides Magnet® designation to recognize nursing excellence in three areas: Clinical Expertise and Outcomes, Workplace Environment, and Patient Experience.   The Magnet®-designated hospital demonstrates a high degree of regard for registered nurses at all levels and in all roles in partnership with the interprofessional team.

“The Magnet® framework fosters a collaborative culture.  Registered nurses are engaged in problem-solving for quality, decision-making and autonomy in practice to meet the current demands in care,” said Karen Olsen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, VP and Chief Nursing Officer of Mission Hospital. “Having Mission Hospital’s nursing services recognized among the top 5-10 percent in the nation is a mark of excellence with strong value proposition for key stakeholders, including physicians and patients.”

Margo Eatmon, BSN, RN, CNO Clinical Nurse Liaison and frontline RN on Oncology 10 North (left) and Karen Olsen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, VP and Chief Nursing Officer (right) pause as they celebrate the electronic application, which began Mission Hospital’s journey to becoming a Magnet®-designated hospital.


US News & World Report utilizes Magnet® designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. Currently only 468 hospitals are recognized as Magnet facilities. ANCC Magnet® designation is international and includes hospitals in Canada, Australia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

“Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence is what it means to be on the Magnet® journey,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO, Mission Health and President, Mission Hospital. “Through our Magnet® Journey at Mission Hospital over 2,400 RNs — inpatient, procedural, ambulatory areas, advanced practice registered nurses and certified registered nurse anesthetists — will use this blueprint to own their practices. Using professional governance, they will participate in developing, implementing and recognizing programs and initiatives that advance nursing standards and practice.”

“At Mission Health we pursue our BIG(GER) Aim: to get every person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for each patient, family and team member.  Our pursuit of Magnet® status at Mission Hospital is just another commitment to the residents of our region,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO, Mission Health.

About the Magnet Recognition Program® 

The Magnet Recognition Program® advances three goals within healthcare organizations:

  • Promote safety and quality in a setting that supports the professional practice of nursing
  • Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/families through interprofessional collaboration
  • Create a practice environment that supports professional development 

Based on the research conducted in the early 1990s the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) established the Magnet Recognition Program®. It recognizes healthcare organizations efforts at recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses.  As a result an environment is created where the professional practice of nursing is valued and celebrated. The program also seeks to provide a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. 

Read more about the Magnet Recognition Program®.