NORFOLK, Virginia - March 3, 2009 - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was recognized at the General Assembly Meeting on Monday, February 23, 2009 for obtaining Magnet Status.
Joint Resolution No. 913, offered February 16, 2009, commended three hospitals in the Commonwealth: Winchester Medical Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, each having achieved recognition as Magnet Healthcare Organizations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Magnet hospitals have a strong culture of cooperation among nurses and physicians, which enhances patient safety and improves quality outcomes. Magnet hospitals are able to attract and retain nurses due to the positive characteristics of the work environment.
Attaining the Magnet credential required submission of written evidence that Sentara Norfolk General Hospital met 164 standards of the Magnet program, followed by a three-day site visit during which three appraisers interviews hundreds of nurses and talked with patients, physicians and other staff to verify the accuracy of the written evidence.
Less than 5 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned this credential.
Read more about Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Magnet Recognition.