FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Hospital, one of the Tri-City Area’s top medical facilities and a well-established regional provider, has been honored with Magnet® recognition for the second time in a row by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes the very best health care organizations nationwide for superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
Magnet recognition is the highest level of honor granted by the ANCC and is known nationally as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Washington Hospital is only the fifth hospital in the Bay Area and one in 30 hospitals in California to achieve this recognition, which only 7.8 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned.
“Nurses are a critical element to the overall success and quality of care at Washington Hospital and, as such, we have made every effort to invest in the recruiting and ongoing training of high quality talent within our organization,” said Nancy Farber, chief executive officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. “The honor of receiving Magnet® recognition for a second time in a row is an incredible testament to the entire Hospital family including all our employees, physicians and our board of directors.”
ANCC Magnet Recognition® is maintained through a rigorous re-application and evaluation process every four years. Hospitals granted Magnet recognition must excel in patient care, leadership, professional practice, nursing standards and must demonstrate organization-wide commitment to providing the highest quality of care. Continued Magnet® recognition ensures Washington Hospital continues to attract the most qualified nurses in the medical field. The Hospital is dedicated to promoting education and research, and because leadership has made this a priority, a large percentage of nursing staff holds advanced degrees in their field, further exemplifying the high-quality care patients receive.
“We are dedicated to attracting and nurturing a staff of highly trained and experienced nurses who are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Stephanie Williams, RN, MHA, CPHQ, NE-BC, associate administrator and chief nursing officer. “We have established a culture amongst our nursing staff that prioritizes exemplary professional practice. This culture is reflected in our excellent patient care model and the high-quality care we provide to our community, and we are pleased that this Magnet® recognition reaffirms the strides we have made.”
Achieving Magnet recognition for a second time reflects Washington Hospital’s efforts to advance its culture of excellence in a constantly evolving health care environment, through transformational leadership and innovation in practice. The organization has encouraged nurses to flourish professionally within the Hospital and in the community, through shared decision-making, evidence-based practice and educational outreach to enhance community health. Collaborative working relationships are apparent within the Hospital and staff is committed to teamwork across departments and disciplines demonstrate Washington Hospital’s excellence in the field.
“I share the community’s pride in achieving Magnet® recognition again, as it recognizes Washington as a premiere health care organization,” said William F. Nicholson, MD, first vice president of Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors. “Hospitals that have been honored with Magnet® recognition, like Washington Hospital, have higher percentages of RNs with advanced degrees, improved clinical outcomes, lower mortality rates, and the highest levels of patient satisfaction.”
Washington Hospital recognizes that Magnet® recognition would not have been possible without the support and participation of all of the departments and employees in the health care system.
About Washington Township Healthcare District
Washington Township Health Care District is governed by an elected board and includes Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Unlike a municipal or county hospital, Washington Hospital’s operating expenses, research, community programs, and employee salaries are funded by revenues generated through providing patient and other health care services. Washington Hospital Healthcare System includes a 341-bed, acute-care hospital; Institute for Joint Restoration and Research; Sandy Amos, RN, Infusion Center; Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute; The Gamma Knife® Center; Washington Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine; Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation Center; Washington Outpatient Surgery Center; Washington Radiation Oncology Center; Washington Special Care Nursery; and Washington West, a complex which houses Washington Urgent Care; Washington Women’s Center; Washington Wellness Center; Outpatient Imaging Center and additional outpatient hospital services and administrative facilities.