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Lancaster General Hospital, flagship facility for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, has achieved the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet® recognition for the fifth consecutive time.

ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health-care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice and is effective for four years.

Lancaster General Hospital, which first earned the ANCC’s top nursing honor in 2002, is one of 552 health-care organizations worldwide to achieve Magnet recognition. Of those hospitals, LGH is one of 23 to attain the Magnet designation five times.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s commitment to providing our patients and community with safe, high-quality and compassionate care every day,” said CEO John J. Herman, MBA, FACHE. “Achieving our fifth Magnet designation underscores the foundation of excellence that drives our entire team to strive harder each day to meet the health-care needs of the people we serve.”

All six of Penn Medicine’s acute-care facilities – which also include The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Chester County Hospital and Princeton Medical Center -- have achieved Magnet® status.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health-care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Greater patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates
  • Greater job satisfaction and retention among nurses

“At LG Health, we are very proud of our Magnet designation and all that it means for our patients, staff and community,” said Larry Strassner, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer. “Our commitment to the Magnet framework for nursing excellence and to serving everyone in our community guides all of our efforts as a Nursing team.”

ANCC evaluates Magnet applicants in a number of areas deemed essential to delivering superior patient care, including quality of nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration across specialties, and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Achieving Magnet designation is a rigorous and lengthy process that requires widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, a site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health-care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years. The organization must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since its last recognition.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), part of the ANA Enterprise, leads the profession to shape the future of nursing and health care. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at visit us at nursingworld.org/ancc and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification. The ANA Enterprise is the family of organizations that is composed of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation.

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