Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been recognized for its nursing professionalism, teamwork and excellence in patient care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.
The Magnet Recognition Program honors health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice. Magnet recognition is the highest possible organizational credential granted by the ANCC, the largest nursing credentialing organization in the United States. To earn Magnet status, hospitals must excel in several areas, including nursing standards and practices, patient care, and innovations in nursing leadership and management.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for our hospital. It underscores the outstanding work and compassionate care our nurses provide to patients each and every day,” said Jerry Ashworth, SVP and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.
Before a hospital is selected for Magnet recognition, the ANCC completes a rigorous evaluation process that includes site visits, reviews of written documentation, staff and patient satisfaction surveys and interviews. Initial Magnet recognition is valid for four years and, during that time, hospitals and nursing staff are closely monitored, evaluated and surveyed to ensure they remain in compliance with the program’s standards. At the end of the four-year period, hospitals must re-apply and again undergo the challenging evaluation process.
“Magnet truly is the gold standard of nursing excellence,” said Leah Blackwell, VP and Chief Nursing Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy. “It not only signifies a commitment to providing exceptional care for our community, it is also a testament to workplace satisfaction, where our nurses feel they can flourish as a professional and be recognized for going above and beyond for patients.”
Studies have demonstrated that Magnet-recognized hospitals typically provide a higher quality of patient care, including lower mortality rates and better patient satisfaction. Magnet hospitals also experience lower turnover and lower rates of burnout among nursing staff. The recognition is also directly linked to a hospital’s ability to attract and retain qualified, highly educated nursing staff.
Memorial Hermann Katy is one of eight Magnet hospitals within the Memorial Hermann Health System. The other seven are Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.