Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received its fifth Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—making the medical center just one of two hospitals in the entire nation to achieve this feat. After a rigorous three-day site visit by the Magnet Appraisal Team in December, they unanimously re-designated HackensackUMC as a Magnet hospital for its 20th consecutive year.
“We are so proud to be just one of two hospitals in the country to receive our fifth Magnet designation,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “This designation is world-renown for being synonymous with superior patient care that is effective and compassionate. Congratulations to Dianne Aroh, executive vice president and chief nursing and patient care officer at HackensackUMC, and our entire team for their dedication to achieving re-designation.”
HackensackUMC became the first hospital in the country – outside of a pilot program – to receive Magnet designation. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. It is the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Today, there are a total of 24 Magnet-designated hospitals in New Jersey and 397 worldwide.
"This re-designation was truly a multidisciplinary, group effort: Out of many, we are truly one organization, " said Aroh. "Our entire HackensackUMC team did an outstanding job leading up to and during the Magnet Appraisal Team’s site visit. Every day, our nurses and patient caregivers provide exceptional care to our patients, and we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center."
The Magnet Appraisal Team’s site visit consisted of guided tours and observations, as well as document review. The Appraisal Team also took part in scheduled meetings with members of HackensackUMC’s executive leadership team, nursing leadership team, nurse managers, staff nurses, shared governance council leaders, educators, Quality/Performance Improvement and Safety teams, Human Resources Team, and University Partners. The healthcare team further demonstrated its diversity with a sampling from numerous disciplines throughout the organization, including: nurses, physicians, pharmacists, military personnel, AirMed One flight nurses, volunteers, and paramedics.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.
About the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health-care organization that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org//magnet.