Mercy Health Hospital's Nursing Excellence Earns Prestigious Magnet(R) Recognition

(CINCINNATI; April 16, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® determines which hospitals receive Magnet recognition, ensuring that the hospitals it recognizes meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Fairfield Hospital joins the Magnet community, a select group of 401 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. Fairfield Hospital is the first Butler County hospital to achieve Magnet  recognition and the first adult hospital in Cincinnati to earn the recognition in its first attempt to do so.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Pat Davis-Hagens, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mercy Health. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we
are extremely proud.”

“I personally congratulate every nurse at Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital for the outstanding care they deliver daily to help the communities we serve be well,” said Yousuf J. Ahmad, Mercy Health Market President and CEO. “Their hard work and dedication has paid off with this most prestigious Magnet recognition, which stands as a true testament to the quality of care they provide.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and the public considers this when determining which healthcare organization can best meet their needs. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals,” for example, includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. 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, the ANCC will conduct an on-site visit to assess the applicant thoroughly. After this rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether it will grant Magnet recognition.

By design, the Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. Various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care compose the foundation of this model. 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.

Published articles and research show that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, including:
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses
• Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare 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 www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

Mercy Health makes advanced, compassionate, quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Mercy Health provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 140 locations across the region. The Mercy Health network of care includes five award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more times than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems. Mercy Health is part of Catholic Health Partners - the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer. To learn more visit, e-mercy.com and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook).