Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center is the first hospital in the southwest region of Los Angeles to receive a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has joined the ranks of other Magnet-designated facilities representing the top 6% of hospitals nationwide.
“It has been a long journey over several years, and to finally achieve [Magnet status] has been a tremendous source of joy and pride for everyone in the organization,” said Peggy Berwald, RN, MSN, CNO and senior vice president of patient care at TMMC.
Berwald said about 100 people were present when the call came in alerting the hospital of the achievement. “It was so gratifying to see how hard they worked and how excited they were,” she said.
During four days of intense onsite visits, staff had to share all that it was doing. Berwald called those “the best four days of my entire career. I was so proud of all the staff,” she said.
Magnet representatives were impressed with the hospital’s professional practice model and shared decision-making structure.
Research shows Magnet hospitals report improved clinical outcomes, fewer patient falls, fewer medication errors, lower mortality rates and higher patient and family satisfaction.
“This recognition says a lot about the outstanding care provided by nursing and ancillary staff of the hospital and is a remarkable achievement,” Craig Leach, TMMC president and CEO, said in a news release. “We continually work to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements.” •
Stefanie Dell’Aringa is a member of the editorial team.