A Magnet Hospital in Cedar Rapids
St. Luke's Hospital has succeeded in achieving Magnet recognition for
the second time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC),
signifying successful implementation of the national Magnet standards
for nursing excellence.
This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence
in nursing and is considered the gold standard in patient care. Of
those U.S. hospitals seeking redesignation, only about three percent
succeed. Magnet hospitals consistently out perform non-Magnet
organizations with better patient outcomes and report higher patient
satisfaction rates. Magnet hospitals also report increased nurse
retention and job satisfaction.
St. Luke's is the only hospital in Cedar Rapids to be recognized as a
Magnet Nursing Excellence organization. "The Magnet redesignation is the
highest honor nursing can receive and is a testament to the hard work
our associates put forth each and every day," said Mary Ann Osborn,
regional senior vice president, chief care coordination officer. "Magnet
designation demonstrates our commitment to our patients and associates
as we focus on creating a culture that provides the best outcome for
every patient every time and the best work environment."
Hospitals that achieve Magnet status go through a rigorous review
process and must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts,
performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year
period since the hospital received its first recognition. While at St.
Luke's, the appraisers visited nearly every unit in the hospital, as
well as our outpatient facilities and conducted countless interviews
with staff and patients.
"Being identified as a Magnet Nursing Excellence Hospital has a
tremendous impact on the care we deliver and it takes every single St.
Luke's associate to give the healthcare we'd like our loved ones to
receive," said Carmen Kinrade, vice president, Nursing Excellence. "This
designation is an affirmation that St. Luke's has extraordinary patient
Since beginning the Journey to Magnet Excellence, we have worked to
improve the quality and safety of our patient care. The results of these
efforts are shown below:
• Reduction in patient days: 3,550
• Re-admissions: 10 percent reduction
• Fall rate: 20 percent reduction
• HAPU rate: 43 percent reduction
• Post-op pneumonia: 33 percent reduction
• Adverse drug event: 24 percent reduction
The Magnet Recognition Program is administered by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurse
credentialing organization in the world, recognizing healthcare
organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and
professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program
provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of