CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Receives 2014 ANCC Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence

CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced today that it has received national recognition for excellence in nursing care for the fourth time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center also received Magnet designation in 2001, 2005, 2009. Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program® provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive.

In 2001, the nursing program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was the 37th hospital in the nation and the first in Texas and the Southwest to achieve Magnet designation. For each designation, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center passed through a rigorous evaluation process that demonstrated not only the nurses’ clinical expertise, but also their ability to advocate on behalf of their patients.

“We are very proud to once again be recognized by the ANCC,” said Karen K. Myers, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. “This fourth re-designation supports our legacy of nursing excellence, compassionate care, collaboration, and innovative practices provided by our talented and professionally driven team.”

As the gold standard in patient care, less than 6 percent of all hospitals nationwide have qualified as Magnet facilities. Magnet designation not only gives hospitals an advantage in recruiting and retaining qualified nurses, but research has shown that Magnet hospitals also have better patient outcomes.

“Great hospitals are distinguished by their commitment to nursing excellence,” said Wayne Keathley, President, CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. “Recognition by the American Nurses Association as a Magnet institution validates our history of nursing professionalism, compassionate care, and commitment to our patients and community. I am proud and honored to congratulate Karen Myers, our senior leaders in nursing, and of course our dedicated nursing staff for continuing our tradition as a Magnet hospital.”

ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The ANCC created the Magnet Program in 1994 to acknowledge healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. The Magnet Program aims to raise awareness of the importance of the nursing profession. It provides nurses with up-to-date information on best practices in nursing and promotes workplace standards and behaviors that help nurses do their very best.