Premier Health Achieves First System-Wide Magnet® Recognition

Premier Pulse     January 2019

All Premier Health hospitals have earned Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Nationally recognized as the highest standard for excellence in patient care, only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals hold the esteemed four-year designation – and only 20 other U.S. health care organizations have achieved the honor as a system.

Premier Health hospitals are the only Dayton-area adult hospitals recognized as Magnet® hospitals.

“I am so grateful that our colleagues at Magnet were able to come on site and see and witness and honor in this fashion the excellence, the compassion, and the heart that you bring every day – that is amazing,” said Jennifer Hauler, DO, Premier Health system chief medical officer, during an announcement celebration at Miami Valley Hospital. “On behalf of all of the physicians across the system, congratulations. Thank you for what you do every day.”

Several hundred Premier Health employees participated in simultaneous announcement celebrations at facilities across the system after receiving the news via conference call from the chair of the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

“I am so proud of the nurses in this organization and every single person that not only provides direct care for our patients but supports that direct caregiving,” Peggy Mark, system chief nursing officer for Premier Health, said during the announcement celebration at Miami Valley Hospital. “This could not be accomplished without every single one of you and your dedication and your passion and your commitment to our patients. This is about all of you.”

A wide body of research has shown that Magnet-designated hospitals provide a safer environment with better outcomes for patients, including fewer complications and injuries, as well as lower mortality rates.

Appraisers who visited Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, Miami Valley Hospital South, and Upper Valley Medical Center during a weeklong site visit in November toured 79 departments and units, and met with 546 clinical nurses, along with many hospital leaders, physicians, essential partners, and community stakeholders. The Magnet Recognition Program evaluates hospitals based on empowerment and autonomy of nurses, collaborative work environments, nurse and patient satisfaction, nurse education and research, patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks, and more.

As part of Premier Health’s first-ever system Magnet designation, Miami Valley Hospital has achieved its fourth Magnet® designation since 2004. With its latest designation, the hospital in Dayton joins an elite group of only 58 U.S. health care organizations – fewer than 1 percent of hospitals in the nation – to have earned four Magnet designations, according to the ANCC.

Miami Valley Hospital is the fifth-longest sustaining Magnet-designated hospital in Ohio. Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center join 30 other hospitals in Ohio with Magnet status and only 481 Magnet-designated facilities in the world.

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