UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

How does Magnet Status Benefit Patients?

"Magnet designation is based on outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and an exemplary practice environment for all staff," said Mary Ann Osborn, vice president, chief clinical officer. "The two go hand-in-hand. The formal Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive."

When patients see a hospital has achieved Magnet Designation, it's a sign a hospital has achieved excellence in nursing services, as awarded by an independent nursing organization. Magnet hospitals recruit and retain talented nurses because nurses recognize the opportunities and excellence present in a Magnet facility. In turn, research shows a hospital with high-quality nurses is more likely to attract high-quality physicians and specialists. With a team of talented medical professionals, patients can expect to be cared for by knowledgeable and caring individuals.

"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 care."

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