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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Retains Magnet Recognition

Continues as one of the country’s top hospitals for nursing excellence

Richmond, Va. (Aug. 13, 2013) – Commissioners from The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) joined Bon Secours St. Mary’s executives today to announce the re-designation of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital as a Magnet-recognized organization, one of the most prestigious and coveted recognitions in the country that a hospital can achieve. Continuing its ANCC Magnet Recognition® status reaffirms the St. Mary’s Hospital nursing team as one of the most advanced and exceptional organizations in the country. St. Mary’s is only one of 15 hospitals across Virginia, and one of three in the Richmond-area, to receive Magnet Recognition.

“Congratulations to our distinguished nursing team for again being recognized for their high-quality, patient-focused care,” said Toni R. Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “Continuing to receive ANCC Magnet designation is a testament to their everyday efforts to provide the very best nursing experience to Bon Secours’ patients.  Nursing leads the way for our culture of excellence and I couldn’t be more thrilled for what this achievement means for the hospital, our nurses and the community.”

More than 150 nurses, doctors and support staff gathered at an event held at St. Mary’s to receive the news. The commission unanimously voted to approve St. Mary’s re-designation application. Among the many impressive data points, the commission cited that St. Mary’s focus on patient outcomes, dedication to its mission, staff development and organizational leadership, as well as the hospital’s many awards and top hospital honors were highlights in its submission. 

ANCC developed The Magnet Recognition Program® as a way to differentiate hospitals and health care organizations and honor nursing excellence based on a rigorous audit of the five components of their Magnet Model.  Less than 7% of all registered hospitals nationwide are designated ANCC Magnet Recognition® status, according to the American Hospital Association Fast Facts on US Hospitals 2011 survey.

“This designation honors our nurses and is because of our nurses,” said Francine Barr, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Nursing at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. “Our nurses fully live up to our mission of providing compassionate care. Their positive impact on how we deliver care, our attention to patients, and contribution to the nursing field is truly deserving of Magnet status.” 

According to Magnet, designated hospitals are chosen based on a solid professional environment, guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. The ANCC believes that Magnet-recognized organizations will lead the future reformation of health care; the discipline of nursing; and care of the patient, family and community.

“Our approach to interdisciplinary care and its affect to positively impact patient outcomes was a focus of our submission,” said Barr. “It is because of teamwork that we were able to demonstrate increased patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction and patient outcomes.  St. Mary’s is a better hospital since achieving Magnet status.”

St. Mary’s, a 391-bed acute-care hospital with a full array of services, has been a Magnet-recognized organization since 2008 when it was Richmond’s first community hospital to be bestowed with the achievement. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center achieved Magnet status in 2009. 

Once an organization achieves Magnet status, they must reapply every four years and go through a lengthy data collection and review process to maintain their designation. St. Mary’s initial application in 2007 was based on structure and processes, whereas submission for re-designation was outcome focused, using data such as patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction and patient outcomes.  The application process took about a year to compile that culminated in a multi-day site visit.



About Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people, including nearly 300 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.


The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.

·       Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

·       Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.


About the Magnet Recognition Program®

ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes. Research shows that surgical patients cared for in ANCC Magnet®-recognized hospitals have significantly lower odds of mortality and failure to rescue than those cared for in non-Magnet facilities.


Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals in order to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation’s oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality, and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9: Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that afford them substantial input on patient safety issues. 

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