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Bon Secours St. Mary's First Community Hospital in Richmond to Receive National Magnet Recognition

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital nursing team today received Magnet Recognition® status, one of the most prestigious and coveted designations in the country, making St. Mary’s the only community hospital in Richmond and one of 11 hospitals across Virginia to receive the recognition.

Hospital officials learned today of the Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the body which establishes the recognition criteria. The designation comes after three years of planning and strategic development and submission of more than 3,000 pages of written documentation by the St. Mary’s team, and a rigorous three-day appraisal visit to St. Mary’s by the ANCC.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our distinguished nursing team,” said Peter J. Bernard, senior vice president and CEO of Bon Secours Virginia and Bon Secours Richmond. “Their efforts and the national recognition demonstrate Bon Secours’ strong commitment to this community and to providing our patients with world-class care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC as recognition to hospitals and health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for St. Mary’s nurses and other designated nursing teams across the country to share best practices and strategies for success with their colleagues.

Only about 5% of the nation’s healthcare organizations have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® status.

“This designation provides us with an opportunity to share what we’ve learned along the way as well as our best practices. It also provides us with an excellent opportunity to learn from others,” said Francine Barr, Bon Secours vice president of patient care services and chief nursing executive at St. Mary’s Hospital. “Our nurses have such a positive impact on our community and I’m so pleased that they are receiving the recognition they deserve.”

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center also is working towards 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 healthcare; the discipline of nursing; and care of the patient, family and community.

“Our nurses are highly motivated and educated,” said Barr. “Of the 1,083 nurses at St. Mary’s, we have a healthy mix of advanced practice nurses and Ph.D.s. We expect to teach and to learn as a result of the opportunities offered by ANCC Magnet.”

St. Mary’s is a 391-bed acute-care hospital will a full-array of services. It is one of Bon Secours Richmond’s four hospitals. The remaining three are Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Also part of Bon Secours Richmond is Bon Secours Medical Group, comprised of more than 38 physician practices as well as home health care and assisted living facilities.

Bon Secours Reynolds Crossing is the newest facility in Richmond and houses the Bon Secours Heart and Vascular, Cancer and Neuroscience institutes. Richmond employs more than 6,600 staff across its healthcare system.

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