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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - South Jersey Healthcare Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence
 
 
 
 
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 VINELAND, NJ  – It’s one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital or medical center can achieve. South Jersey Healthcare was recently awarded Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The honor was awarded to SJH Elmer Hospital, SJH Regional Medical Center and the SJH Bridgeton Health Center.

By receiving Magnet designation, SJH joins an elite group of hospitals across the nation. Less than five percent of the country’s hospitals can claim this distinction and only 22 hospitals in New Jersey currently hold Magnet designation. Additionally, SJH is only the third health care system in our state to attain Magnet status for multiple facilities, and the only health system in the state to have three facilities appraised by the ANCC during a single site visit and receive Magnet recognition for all three.

“Magnet recognition is one of the highest nursing honors in the nation, confirming the exceptional care we provide to our patients and their families, every day,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, SJH Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the Regional Medical Center. “It not only demonstrates excellence in nursing, but also recognizes the teamwork throughout our organization to support quality of care, shared decision-making, interdisciplinary working relationships and our commitment to putting patients first in everything we do.”

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for South Jersey Healthcare,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH President and CEO. “It recognizes the excellent work our nurses do each day and reflects the commitment of our entire staff to serve as a team, providing the highest quality care possible for the people of our community.”

The designation is the result of more than two years of preparation, and many more years of a commitment to quality and excellence by SJH staff. The Magnet application submitted by each hospital must document more than 160 sources of evidence. The presence of these criteria creates a work environment, such as that of South Jersey Healthcare, which recognizes and rewards professional nursing. The standard of excellence for the designation is judged by the ANCC on the following:

  • Basis of the nursing practice on a sound foundation of academic and experiential knowledge
  • Adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care
    Management philosophy and practices of nursing services
  • Attention to the diversity of patients, their significant others and the care providers in the system
  • Leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice and continued competence of nursing personnel

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to quality, best practices, evidence-based care, patient safety and service excellence,” said Sheridan. “Our nurses are an integral part of this success, continually showing our patients that they can receive superior care right here in our region.”

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.  South Jersey Healthcare’s Magnet status is valid for four years.

South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.