Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2017
Contact : Michael McCauley, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Five Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Granted Prestigious ANCC Magnet Recognition®

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence; now seven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are Magnet-recognized organizations  

Edison, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated health network, today announced that five of its hospitals achieved Magnet recognition this week, the nation’s highest national honor for professional nursing practice.  The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center achieved Magnet recognition for the first time, while Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center are receiving Magnet recognition for the fifth time. Receiving Magnet recognition is a great achievement for these five institutions, as they are part of the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Less than eight percent ofU.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. 

"At Hackensack Meridian Health, we recognize the fundamental role nurses play in our organization," said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Nurses are the backbone of our hospitals, and they on the front lines each and every day providing quality, compassionate care for our patients.  To have two of our hospitals achieve Magnet recognition for the first time and three hospitals achieve Magnet recognition again is an incredible accomplishment. It is clear that Hackensack Meridian Health has made a significant commitment to excellence in nursing.”

In addition to the five hospitals who received this honor this week, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is one of two hospitals in the nation to receive this distinction five times and Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center has received Magnet recognition three times. The ANCC has now granted seven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals Magnet recognition.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is creating a culture of excellence and our nurses are committed to providing high-quality care that is transforming the patient experience,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “That is why Hackensack University Medical Center was the first health hospital in the nation – outside of a pilot program - to achieve Magnet recognition and legacy Meridian hospitals were the eighth, eleventh and fourteenth to achieve Magnet recognitions.  Congratulations to Maureen Sintich, chief nursing officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, and our entire team of nurses for their hard work and dedication.” 

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • 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 rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are committed to creating a culture of excellence and innovation in nursing because we know how critical nurses are to the overall patient experience,” said Maureen Sintich, chief nursing officer of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “Hackensack Meridian Health is so proud of our team members at Bayshore Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center for receiving this Magnet recognition for the first time, as well as Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center for achieving Magnet recognition again for the fifth time.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic 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.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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