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WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital receives Magnet® accreditation in recognition of nursing excellence

March 30, 2020

Facility is among 8% of hospitals to receive the prestigious honor

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WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital receives Magnet® accreditation in recognition of nursing excellence

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital announces today the hospital has achieved a Magnet® recognition, which recognizes healthcare organizations who provide nursing excellence, while also promoting successful nursing practices and strategies.

“WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital joins a prestigious group of hospitals known for excellence in quality care and professional nursing practice,” said Kris O’Shea, SVP and Chief Nursing Executive for WellSpan Health. “Only 8% of hospitals nationwide have achieved this designation.”

“WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital exemplifies the values and culture of WellSpan as a whole,” said Vicky Diamond, SVP, WellSpan Health and President, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital. “This designation validated the foundational principles upon which WellSpan is built.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® focuses on furthering the goals of three major principles: promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and disseminating “best practices” in nursing services.

The program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 1990. They focused on 14 characteristics that ultimately created an environment to attract well-qualified nurses who promoted quality care.

What Magnet® Means for Patients

As a Magnet® accredited hospital, patients at WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital can expect the same high-quality care that they have come to know.

“The foundational characteristics of Magnet® hospitals are innovation, applying new knowledge to patient care, and continuous improvement,” Rosa Hickey, Chief Nursing Officer, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital explains. “Our nursing practice is grounded in ‘finding a better way’.”

Research comparing Magnet organizations with non-Magnet organizations found those with Magnet recognition to be associated with lower rates of falls. They have also noted higher patient satisfaction regarding nurse communication, including information regarding discharge. In addition, they typically see higher employee retention rates and job satisfaction scores.

The Magnet® Accreditation Process

To become a Magnet® designated hospital, the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital staff went through a rigorous application process. This started with the submission of an application that demonstrates the qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.

“Patient outcomes are associated with the quality of care nurses provide,” Hickey said. “Indicators that reflect this care are falls with injury, hospital acquired pressure injuries, central line associated blood stream infections, and medical device related pressure injuries. WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital outperformed the Magnet® facilities benchmarks.”

The hospital was surveyed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in a comprehensive two-day site visit in January. During that visit the teams at WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital were observed and assessed. Patients, family members and staff were also encouraged to submit comments and feedback to the Magnet Recognition Program® office.

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 2012 and has since been honored with numerous awards and accreditations. The state-of-the-art facility offers advanced orthopedic, spine and neurological surgery procedures, as well as both inpatient and specialized outpatient rehabilitation services.

More information on the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. More information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of more than 1,600 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, approximately 20,000 employees, and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.