University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton have achieved Magnet® redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Both UM Shore Regional Health medical centers were first awarded Magnet Recognition® status in 2009.
Magnet Recognition® is an organizational credential granted to exceptional health care organizations that meet specific standards set forth by the ANCC. To achieve Magnet Recognition®, an organization must meet standards in quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. This designation, which must be reapplied for every four years if an organization wishes to maintain the status, is the ultimate distinction for high quality nursing care and a primary source of best nursing practices worldwide. Only 7% of all registered hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet Recognition® status; there are only 401 Magnet® designated hospitals worldwide. UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton are two of the six hospitals in the State of Maryland that are Magnet® designated.
To obtain redesignation, UM Shore Regional Health was tasked with completing an extensive application and documentation process followed by a three-day site visit conducted by a team of appraisers from ANCC, which concluded in early April.
“The nursing staffs of Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton take great pride in the exceptional health care provided to the patients we serve,” comments Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, regional senior vice president of Clinical Services and chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “Achieving redesignation from the Magnet Recognition Program® is a tremendous honor and is further proof of what we know to be true – that our team is unparalleled in nursing excellence and their professional nursing practices.”
“As an organization, we could not be more proud of this accomplishment,” remarks Kenneth Kozel, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health. “Each and every day, our nursing team strives to provide the highest level of health care services to our patients and their loved ones. The nursing excellence and best practices that they demonstrate are not only the reason for our achievement of Magnet Recognition® status, it is also why I am highly confident that Shore Regional Health will be able to fulfill our mission of Creating healthier communities together.”
University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has begun the journey to MagnetDesignation® and will be included in the reapplication process that concludes in 2018.
University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for the more than 170,000 residents of the Mid-Shore region including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton are member hospitals of Shore Regional Health, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System.
Photo: Members of the nursing management team celebrate the news of Magnet resignation at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton.