Saratoga Hospital Earns Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence—Again
Saratoga Hospital has once again attained Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center—the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Fewer than seven percent of the nation’s more than 6,000 healthcare providers have earned Magnet status.
“Magnet redesignation affirms our commitment to meet the most rigorous standards and deliver the highest quality care to our community,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “We are the only hospital in the Capital Region to have maintained Magnet designation for more than a decade,” he added. “That is a source of great pride to all of us at Saratoga Hospital—and yet another reason for patients to choose us when they need care.”
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, an organization must pass a rigorous, lengthy assessment, including a comprehensive site visit. For redesignation, the organization must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent designation.
Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation since 2004, when the hospital became the first in the Capital Region to attain this designation. Statewide, 21 hospitals have earned Magnet recognition. Two are in the Capital Region.
Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
Studies show that Magnet recognition provides the following benefits:
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality
- Lower risk of failure to rescue from complications
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information
- Higher recruitment, retention and job satisfaction levels among nurses
- Higher percentage of nurses with advanced education and credentials
“Magnet recognition indicates that excellence, involvement and, above all, high- quality, patient-focused care permeates every aspect of our organization,” said Mary Jo LaPosta, Ph.D, RN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care and organizational excellence at Saratoga Hospital. “That culture plays a key role in achieving exemplary patient outcomes and a high level of satisfaction.”
A True Partnership
Just ask our physicians, they are quick to tell you about the exceptional nurses at Saratoga Hospital.
“I choose Saratoga Hospital because I think it’s the best in the region for me and my patients. It has great nurses and state-of-the-art technology. My patients rave about the hospital.”
James Otto, MD, Vascular Surgeon