Main Line Health has received System Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a top national award recognizing excellence in nursing care. The designation has been awarded to 7% of hospitals and 22 health systems in the world, according to a news release.
Riddle Hospital in Media, Pa., Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pa., and the Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice division have received initial designation, and Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa., Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital and Paoli (Pa.) Hospital have been designated for the third time, according to the release.
“This designation is a direct reflection of the superior care that we provide at Main Line Health,” Barbara Wadsworth, MSN, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and CNO of Main Line Health, said in the release. “The journey of excellence at MLH is palpable. The energy, enthusiasm and hard work of our nursing staff are a true example of nursing excellence and the values emphasized in the Magnet program. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who worked diligently to ensure that our Magnet journey was a success.”
Main Line Health, which employs more than 3,000 nurses, began its system Magnet journey 14 years ago. The ANCC’s new submission guidelines, released in 2014, presented the opportunity for each MLH hospital to demonstrate a larger number of patient-centered outcomes to validate the nursing excellence of each hospital and the HomeCare & Hospice division, according to the release.
“Magnet designation provides a benchmark for patients and their families to measure the superior quality of care they can expect at Main Line Health,” Jack Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line Health, said in the release. “While Magnet is a standard for nursing excellence, providing a superior experience and exceptional patient care represent the core focus for every staff member throughout MLH. I am incredibly grateful to our entire nursing team and every MLH employee for continuously improving the health and wellness of our communities.”
According to the ANCC, Magnet facilities consistently outperform non-Magnet organizations, deliver better patient outcomes, spend more time at the patients’ bedsides and have shorter lengths of patient stay. The Magnet designation lasts for four years, after which MLH will have to reapply to retain its Magnet status, according to the release.