After a years-long application process, Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler has been designated a Magnet facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
This recognition, which includes the Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital-Tyler and Christus Trinity Clinic, means the hospital demonstrates quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing, according to a news release about it.
“Organizations that have achieved Magnet status typically demonstrate shorter lengths of stay, higher quality outcomes, lower costs and higher levels of patient satisfaction – and these are all the goals that Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System aims for across the organization, for all our patients,” Robert Rose, Christus Health Northeast Texas’ chief nurse executive, said.
In addition, having the Magnet designation can draw better talent to Tyler and signals to patients that the hospital provides nursing care that exceeds national benchmarks and provides a work environment where nurses have a voice in their practice, the news release reads.
“We have worked incredibly hard for this, and to earn this designation is a true example of the dedication, compassion and commitment of this organization,” Rose said.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center developed the designation as a means of identifying successful nursisng practices and strategies globally.
Fewer than 40 Texas hospitals, and less than 4 percent of organizations nationally have achieved the designation.
Once accepted for application, hospitals spend between two and three years compiling the necessary documents to apply for the designation.
Once the center reviewed the Tyler hospital’s application and found it to be “Excellent,” the center scheduled a three-day site visit to ensure the data represented reality.
During the April visit, the center’s appraisers met with nurses and leaders, toured patient care areas and interviewed nurses about the work environment and nursing culture, according to the news release.
In all, there were 66 meetings with more than 600 nurses speaking face-to-face with surveyors before the process was over. The appraisers also heard from community members during a public forum.
“The site visit was a celebration of the tremendous amount of work that has been done throughout our organization over the last four years, and was long-awaited,” said Laurie Hartwig, Christus Health Northeast Texas’s regional administrative director of professional excellence and Magnet program director. “It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the time, energy and effort we have put into this process and to ensuring the care we provide is truly exceptional.”
Ms. Hartwig said achieving Magnet status is only the beginning.
“It’s an ongoing designation,” Ms. Hartwig said. “We must reapply every four years, and continue to be innovative and elevate our standards of quality care and the patient experience. We have to maintain care at the highest levels.”