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North Shore University Hospital earns Magnet recognition


North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) has earned the coveted Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes excellence in nursing.

The Magnet Recognition Program® spotlights health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. Less than 500 hospitals worldwide – about eight percent – have achieved Magnet designation.

The 806-bed hospital with more than 1,900 nurses and 6,000 employees is one of the region's top medical centers specializing in heart transplant and cardiac services, neurosurgical and neurology, trauma and emergency services, orthopedics, oncology, medical, and obstetrical care. North Shore University Hospital is the sixth hospital in the health system to be granted Magnet status – joining Cohen Children's Medical Center and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Huntington Hospital, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco.

Hundreds of nurses and hospital leadership cheered inside NSUH's Rust Auditorium on Monday afternoon as Northwell health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling received the official phone call from the ANCC. He promptly handed over the phone to Kerri Ann Scanlon, MSN, RN, NSUH's chief nursing officer and deputy chief nurse executive at Northwell Health.

"NSUH has long been known for its exceptional care. Achieving Magnet designation further validates this elite status nationally and internationally," said Ms. Scanlon. "I am so proud of our exceptional registered nurses and interdisciplinary care team members who place the patient at the center of everything they do. I am honored and proud to be a North Shore University Hospital registered nurse."

Research demonstrates that Magnet® recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Improved patient experience
  • Better patient outcomes
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses

To achieve 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 documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet® Recognition.

"Magnet is an internationally recognized designation and the criteria to achieve Magnet has become increasingly rigorous," said Alessandro Bellucci, MD, executive director at NSUH. "This level of nursing excellence takes transformational leadership, workforce empowerment, innovation research, exemplary care at the bedside and the tireless dedication of our incredible nurses."

Magnet® recognition 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.

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