St. Elizabeth Receives Prestigious Magnet® Hospital Re-Designation Thursday September 30, 2010 Recognition benefits patient care and retains top nurses St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood, Grant and Covington have been re-designated Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2006, St. Elizabeth became the first hospital in the region to attain the coveted Magnet status, healthcare’s gold standard for nursing excellence. The Magnet Recognition Program® is the most sought-after nationwide award known in the field of hospital nursing. Only 6.47 percent of all U.S. hospitals have reached this designation. Magnet designation is the highest honor awarded nursing services. For more information on Magnet designation please click here. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the ultimate benchmark for consumers to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive at a hospital. The program was developed by the ANCC to recognize organizations that provide exceptional care and nursing practice. “We are deeply honored to be recognized as one of the top nursing programs in the country,” says Jane Swaim, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. To retain Magnet status for another four years really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to continually strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve. Our nurses, physicians, leadership, associates, trustees and community supporters all pulled together to make Magnet re-designation a reality. Re-designation confirms what we have known for a long time—St. Elizabeth nurses are among the best and that helps set us apart from other hospitals.” The benefits to being Magnet status are numerous. National studies show that hospitals achieving Magnet status have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, and better patient care outcomes. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Applying hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care. Magnet hospitals must provide an annual status report on their progress and must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation. Magnet status provides the public with information to help determine where to seek the best care. For highly qualified nurses, Magnet recognition can be a guide to choosing an employer and nursing schools inform students about the advantages of working at a Magnet hospital. In addition, Magnet status helps hospitals attract and retain the brightest and best nurses. Hospitals with outstanding nursing staffs also help attract high-quality physicians and other clinical health professionals. “We are extremely proud to receive this re-designation,” says Joseph W. Gross, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “I congratulate all the associates at St. Elizabeth who are so dedicated to constantly improving the care they provide through their compassion and commitment to the people of this community. Ultimately, the patients benefit from this effort. The public should feel confident knowing that a Magnet caliber hospital is available in their community.” St. Elizabeth Healthcare St. Elizabeth Healthcare features six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky—St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including 1,192 licensed beds, more than 6,000 employees, more than 900 physicians with admitting privileges, a physician organization which includes 38 primary care and specialty office locations, and five freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington, providing an estimated $68.6 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2008.