WKBH earns prestigious Magnet recognition for nursing excellence

WKBH earns prestigious Magnet recognition for nursing excellence

Pictured (l-r) are Heather Pierce, assistant vice president, Emergency Department and Critical Care Services; Jenifer Taylor, director, Surgical Services; Denise Harris, chief nursing officer; Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO; Andrea Lavallee, assistant vice president, Quality, PI and Accreditation; Rosalina Butao, director, Magnet, EBP and Quality Indicators, and Sandra McLean, assistant vice president, Nursing.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superior patient care.

Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, West Kendall Baptist Hospital joins a select group of 402 entities that have achieved this honor out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Javier Hernández-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve the West Kendall community.

“It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients. We are extremely proud to join two other Baptist Health hospitals, Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital, in this achievement.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. The U.S. News & World Report annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with submitting an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an ANCC team makes a site visit to assess the applicant thoroughly. After this rigorous on-site review, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine the granting of Magnet recognition.

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