Published on December 14, 2015

GMC Davenport First in Quad-Cities to Achieve  Magnet® Nursing Re-designation

Recognition for Nursing ExcellenceGenesis Medical Center, Davenport has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.  This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing.

Genesis Medical Center Davenport previously attained Magnet® designation in 2005 and 2010.

“Magnet® recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Jackie Anhalt, vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive, Genesis Health System.  “To earn Magnet® recognition twice previously was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

Magnet® recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet® recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of 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 on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant.  After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet® will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet® recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

In particular, the Magnet® model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes.  Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.  The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care.  These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet® recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;

• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;

• Higher job satisfaction among nurses;

• And, lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

“We’re a better institution today because of the Magnet® recognition we achieved four years ago,” Anhalt added. “Magnet® has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high quality care that helped us become a Magnet® facility, and it’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today.”

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport is in a select group of 378 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations to earn Magnet® designation.

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was initially designated a Magnet® hospital in 2005. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet® recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet® concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

About Genesis Medical Center, Davenport

For nearly 150 years Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and its predecessors have provided compassionate, quality care to all those in need in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport provides comprehensive acute care and outpatient services. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has been recognized at the top-ranked community hospital in Iowa twice – 2014 and 2015 -- by U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals.  

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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