Saint Peter's University Hospital Receives Sixth Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

November 18, 2020

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One of Only 5 Hospitals Worldwide to be Designated 6 Consecutive Times with the Highest Recognition for Nursing Care

New Brunswick, N.J. – November 18, 2020 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been redesignated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association for 2020-2024, making Saint Peter’s one of only five hospitals worldwide to receive this designation for six consecutive terms. Magnet recognition is the highest honor for nursing service excellence that any hospital can receive.

Saint Peter’s was the 10th hospital in the nation to first receive Magnet designation in 1998. This recent designation was awarded after a three-day virtual survey completed in mid-September.

The Magnet Recognition Program® designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. Magnet status is awarded to hospitals that deliver an extraordinary level of patient care, meet high levels of nursing excellence, establish an environment that encourages the pursuit of professional development and an emphasis on teamwork. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

"The nurses at Saint Peter’s are among the best in the nation. To be recognized with this prestigious honor that only five hospitals worldwide can claim is truly an honor for our nurses and our nursing leadership," said Leslie (Les) D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. "Our redesignation confirms the clinical excellence that is integral to patient care at Saint Peter’s. It is especially meaningful in these challenging times. The Magnet survey appraisers noted several key areas where the value of our nursing teamwork was exemplary.”

Magnet-recognized organizations are expected to uphold five key principles that support global issues in nursing and healthcare. These include: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment,

Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements and Empirical Quality Results. These principles go beyond structure with a dedicated commitment to impacting results.

“Compassionate care complemented by the highest skill level is what truly sets us apart from other hospitals,” said Linda Carroll, MSN, RN-BC, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “While the COVID-19 crisis put us all to the test, I’m proud to say that our nursing team has always been comprised of outstanding individuals that deliver extraordinary care based on an interdisciplinary approach to quality and patient safety. Our philosophy of care is based on the five Cs of nursing – calling, caring, culture, commitment and collaboration, and each of these is reflected in the level of care provided at Saint Peter’s each day.”

The designation of Magnet is based on an extensive review and evaluation process that looks at nursing services throughout the organization. The evaluation typically involves a 3-day on-site review process, but due to the COVID-19 crisis the evaluations were conducted remotely this year. Hospitals must be reevaluated every four years to maintain their Magnet designation. Independent research has shown that Magnet hospitals consistently provide the highest quality patient care and outperform their peers in recruiting and retaining quality nurses, which, in turn, has been directly connected to attracting high-quality physicians. About Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600

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