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Dozens of nurses, several doctors and members of Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s administration filed into a conference room Wednesday afternoon and sat awaiting a very important phone call.
With all ears listening, the staff learned that the hospital received Magnet status, the nation’s highest recognition in nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The crowd clapped and yelled in excitement because Frankfort Regional is now one of only six hospitals in Kentucky to receive magnet status. Only 5 percent of hospitals nationwide receive the designation.
“This is the gold standard,” said Sammie Mosier, chief nursing officer at Frankfort Regional. “This is the award every CNO wants.”
Mosier has worked at the hospital for 14 years and has been its top nursing officer for four years.
The Magnet recognition program is rigorous in its evaluation of a hospital’s adherence to the ANCC’s “14 Forces of Magnetism,” according to a news release. These standards encompass all aspects of hospital and nursing quality, including the following:
• the hospital’s role in the community
• the level of engagement of nurses in hospital leadership activities
• the level of engagement of nurses in research activities and professional advancement
• the hospital’s quality of care and dedication to constant improvement
“Magnet has strict criteria,” Mosier said. “The national average is not good enough — you have to exceed it.”
Frankfort Regional’s Chief Executive Officer Chip Peal said he is excited about the designation and proud of the hospital staff for working together to achieve it.
“This is the reward,” Peal said. “It was a journey to get here, but this is not the end of it.
“This is an indication of how good a hospital we are. The criteria [for Magnet designation] are the same no matter the hospital size.”
Mosier said earning the Magnet designation has been a six-year journey.
“Becoming a Magnet hospital has been a vision of the nursing department for years,” she said. “Today we achieved that vision, which wasn’t only mine, but that of the hundreds of nurses who I work with everyday.
“While it is recognition for nursing excellence, it is also recognition for a culture of quality, safety, and patient-centered care. This can only be accomplished when everyone works as a team, with a singular focus to be the best we can be.”
Mosier said she wasn’t sure what the credentialing center’s final decision would be, but she knew one thing for certain — “I knew we deserved it.”