The Mount Sinai Hospital receives Magnet award for nursing excellence


Mount Sinai is the first full-service hospital in Manhattan to receive elite designation for nursing quality

(New York) The Mount Sinai Hospital has received the prestigious Magnet award for nursing excellence, the first and only full-service hospital based in Manhattan to earn the coveted designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) of the American Nurses Association.

Among the more than 6-thousand hospitals across the country, Mount Sinai is included with only two percent of U.S. hospitals to achieve the level of nursing quality required for the Magnet award.

"This award honors the exceptional compassion and expertise of our nurses," said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "Our patients and their families are the primary beneficiaries of their skill, but all of us in the Mount Sinai community benefit from having such talented colleagues."

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and reviews of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care.

"The Magnet award is the highest level of recognition that an organization can receive for the quality of its nursing care," said Thomas Smith, RN, Senior Vice President For Nursing and Patient Care. "Mount Sinai nurses have earned this distinction because of their passion for always making the needs of their patients their first priority."

Magnet designation followed review of more than three thousand pages of documentation submitted by Mount Sinai, and a four-day site visit during which two ANCC appraisers visited more than 70 patient care areas, met with all levels of hospital and nursing leadership, and spoke with about 600 nurses.

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care.

Source: Eurekalert & others

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
    Published on All rights reserved.