Meritus Medical Center Named Magnet® Hospital

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Meritus Medical Center Named Magnet® Hospital

HAGERSTOWN – Meritus Medical Center received notification of its first Magnet® Recognition on Wednesday morning, April 17. A room filled with close to 250 nurses, physicians and leaders received the news via conference call from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or ANCC’s Commission on Magnet® Recognition Chair Jeanette Ives Erickson, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The hospital received two exemplary citations with the Magnet® Recognition, including one for transformational leadership to improve workplace safety and enhance security and one for exemplary care of stroke patients.

Meritus Medical Center is the only Magnet® hospital in western Maryland and the tristate region it serves, to receive professional nursing’s highest honor. Eight percent of hospitals nationwide have earned this recognition, with Meritus Medical Center now joining Maryland’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center. Nationally, other health care organizations that have received Magnet® Recognition include the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio; and MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

“Our nursing team has worked very hard during the past several years to earn this most prestigious international credential for nursing excellence – the true ‘gold standard’ in the field,” says Melanie Heuston, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at the hospital.

According to the ANCC, Magnet® Recognition establishes Meritus Medical Center as an organization that embraces high standards of patient care and a commitment to nurture the talents of dedicated nurses throughout their careers with continuing education and development.

Meritus Medical Center’s nursing leadership submitted a 539-page application with specific narratives and data on patient satisfaction, quality outcomes, nurse satisfaction, work environment and community partnerships in the fall of 2018. Magnet® representatives were on-site at the hospital from Feb. 11-13, 2019, meeting with 20 different groups, touring 27 nursing units and numerous hospital departments and speaking with 800 employees and community representatives.

“Magnet® Recognition offers our patients assurance that they are in a hospital committed to delivering the best care possible,” says Carolyn Simonsen, president and interim CEO of Meritus Medical Center. “Magnet® hospitals are recognized for high standards of excellence in patient care as well as a commitment to partnerships for the improvement of the community’s health.”