Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara RMH Medical Center are the latest two Sentara hospitals to achieve Magnet® designation.

Two Sentara hospitals receive Magnet® designation

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Balloons fell and confetti flew as two Sentara Healthcare hospitals in Virginia achieved Magnet Recognition Program® designation from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg received official announcements of their designations on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dece. 19, 2014.  The designations, granted to about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals, culminate multi-year journeys toward recognition for excellence in patient care, innovation in nursing practice and a supportive work environment for nurses.

“Magnet is the most rigorous designation there is for a hospital nursing program,” said Donna Wilmoth, nurse executive at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. “I could not be any more proud of our nursing team than I am today.”

Hospitals applying for Magnet recognition first file more than 3,000 pages of reports documenting that they are already meeting 88 quality measures ranging from falls with injuries to hospital-acquired infections and skin breakdown. If they meet those criteria, a three-day site visit validates the documentation while nursing team members are interviewed for their clinical knowledge and knowledge of the process.  Finally, a commission reviews the findings and votes on whether to admit the applicant as a Magnet hospital.

“We have elevated nursing practice and improved patient outcomes through this demanding process and that’s what it’s all about,” said Donna Hahn, nurse executive at Sentara RMH Medical Center. “It means a lot to quality care in our community that we have been able to achieve Magnet designation.”

Sentara Williamsburg and Sentara RMH are the third and fourth Sentara hospitals to receive Magnet recognition. Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville received theirs in 2006 and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital received theirs in 2008.  Other Sentara hospitals are also on the journey to Magnet Excellence®.