St. V’s Medical Center named for nursing excellence

St. Vincent’s Medical Center has been named the only hospital in Fairfield County and one of only three hospitals in Connecticut to achieve Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® is the highest national honor for nursing excellence, the gold standard for nursing practice, and recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing services, professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With this achievement, St. Vincent’s Medical Center joins a select group of 395 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 in the country.

The Magnet designation also encompasses St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Westport Campus which is an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing behavioral health and addiction services to children, adolescents and adults.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Dale Danowski, MBA, BSN, RN, senior vice president, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, St. Vincent’s underwent a rigorous multiyear application process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process began with the submission of an electronic application, followed by thousands of pages of documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes, and a thorough four day on-site review.

“The Magnet recognition reflects our dedication to delivering high quality, safe care to our patients and their families in our community and beyond. Our nurses have an incredible sense of pride and their passion is reflected in our mission to deliver the best care to every patient,” says Deborah L. Owens, MSN, RN, NE-BC, magnet program director. “We have an amazing nursing staff that has set the bar for excellence high. Patients and their families can be assured that St. Vincent’s nurses are among the best in the United States.”

The Magnet Recognition Program focuses on advancing three goals: promoting quality of care, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and disseminating nursing care best practices. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as improved patient care, safety and satisfaction.

The ANCC Magnet recognition is another demonstration of how St. Vincent’s has transformed its practices to create a culture of high reliability regarding the safety of patients and staff. It recently was named one of only four state hospitals out of 29 to receive an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from the Leapfrog Group, and also received John D. Thompson Award from the Connecticut Hospital Association for its safety program. St. Vincent’s has also been named one of the top three hospitals in the state for safety by Consumer Reports.

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