FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2008
JCMC Earns Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence
JERSEY CITY - In recognition of its quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, Jersey City Medical Center today received the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, the highest honor bestowed for nursing care in the nation.
Of the more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only 298 have earned the Magnet Award granted by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, the largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization in the world.
Jersey City Medical Center is the only hospital in its region, which includes Hudson, Essex and Union counties, to achieve the Magnet Award. This is the first time Jersey City Medical Center has achieved the award. Hospitals must seek re-designation every four years.
“Jersey City Medical Center is rightfully proud of the accomplishments of our nursing team. The Magnet Award reflects their commitment to patients as well as the excellence achieved by our entire hospital community,” said Joseph F. Scott FACHE, President and CEO of LibertyHealth System Inc. Jersey City Medical Center is a LibertyHealth hospital.
“Our nursing team believed in what we had accomplished as a quality organization and began seeking the Magnet Award more than four years ago,” said Rita Smith, RN DNP, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services for Jersey City Medical Center. “We provided the American Nurses Credentialing Center with extensive documentation, interviews, on-site inspections, and demonstrations of our safety, education and clinical programs. And they have judged our programs to meet standards of the best nursing programs in the country.”
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. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:
- Healthcare 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.