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Published on January 23, 2020

Avera McKennan Earns Prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Fifth Time 

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

Out of 6,000 U.S. hospitals, Avera McKennan is among fewer than 25 hospitals to earn a fifth Magnet recognition. Avera McKennan is one of about 500 national and international sites to earn Magnet recognition. In 2001, Avera McKennan was the 36th hospital in the nation to earn Magnet status. Re-designation was earned in 2005, 2010, 2014 and now in 2019.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor. Our commitment to delivering the highest quality nursing care is documented – it’s proven – in this recognition,” said Lori Popkes, Chief Nursing Officer at Avera McKennan. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment, one that our nurses are proud to earn. To join the few elite health care centers who have earned it five times demonstrates our ongoing excellence. The values our entire staff brings to life each day meet the health care needs of the people we serve – that is what evaluators saw in our work.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. Organizations pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff to achieve initial recognition. This process includes an application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

By providing a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes, all while focused on excellence, Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and the communities they serve.

Benefits include:

  • 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

“We’re a better institution today because of the Magnet process over the past two decades. Remaining a Magnet organization over the span of nearly 20 years has required ongoing, meticulous work on the part of Avera McKennan nurses and nursing leaders,” Popkes said. “Earning this honor has raised the bar for patient care. Magnet helps inspire every member of our team to achieve excellence; it underlines our commitment to providing our community with high quality care.”

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