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Highland Hospital Earns Magnet® Re-designation

Magnet designation acknowledges health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice

Monday, October 25, 2021

For the third time Highland Hospital has achieved Magnet status, a testament to its continued dedica

For the third time Highland Hospital has achieved Magnet status, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest international honor for professional nursing practice.

“It’s my pleasure to congratulate our nurses on their successful journey to Magnet re-designation.,” said Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Derleth, MS, RN, NE-BC. “Highland’s collaborative work environment has allowed our nurses to sustain and further develop the work required to demonstrate our commitment to excellence and there’s no better way than with the Magnet stamp of approval.”

Highland Hospital was first awarded Magnet designation in 2011. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must commit to a rigorous and lengthy process which demonstrates excellence in clinical care, professional development, research, innovation, teaching, leadership and satisfaction. It includes an electronic application, extensive written documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet benchmarks and demonstrated outcomes. Magnet recognized Highland for its commitment to excellence and noted exemplary practice in four of the measurable categories. We are thankful to those who have collaborated with us internally and externally to make this achievement possible.

“This has been an extremely difficult 20 months to be in healthcare, but our nurses have continued to step up to the plate and provide the outstanding patient- and family-centered care that has been at the heart of Highland Hospital for over a century,” said Cindy Becker, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Highland Hospital. “I want to thank our team for their hard work making this incredible achievement a reality despite working through an unprecedented time in history.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

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