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Flagler Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Credential...Again

Flagler Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Credential...Again

Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - [January 25, 2012]-Flagler Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program ®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

"Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community," said Flagler Hospital's Chief Nursing Officer, Barbara Drummond-Huth. "To be the first hospital in Northeast Florida to earn Magnet recognition was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our staff. Now, our achievement to be granted Magnet status again serves as recognition for every member of the Flagler healthcare team, who work together every day providing safe, quality, patient-centered care."

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. To achieve initial 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, 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 seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its initial recognition.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as

  • 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 and
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

"We're a better institution today because of the Magnet recognition we achieved over four years ago," said Joe Gordy, President & CEO. "It has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet facility, and it's why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today."

Being recognized as a Magnet facility for the second time is a great achievement for Flagler Hospital as it continues to proudly belong to the Magnet community-a select group of 378 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

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