UT Medical Center is Again Designated As a Magnet Facility -Maintaining National Recognition For Patient Care

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has once again been designated as a Magnet facility.

Medical center officials received notification today during a telephone call from a representative of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The highly coveted Magnet designation is granted only to those organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.

“It is such an honor to receive and maintain this designation,” said Janell Cecil, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “Our nurses, physicians and other clinicians at the medical center work tirelessly to continuously improve our care processes on behalf of our patients. We must be clear that Magnet recognition is by no means a prize or an award, but rather a data and process driven measurement of patient outcomes at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Achieving Magnet status demonstrates to all of our patients, their families and the community, the expertise and compassion given by our talented and dedicated nursing staff and other clinicians. We are honored to achieve this designation.”

In 2011, UT Medical Center was designated as a Magnet facility. Four years earlier, Cecil, along with her nursing staff, leadership team, physicians and staff members from departments throughout the organization, began the medical center’s journey with the Magnet Recognition Program®. Applicants for the Magnet program must undergo an extensive evaluation process in order to prove the outstanding quality of nursing care provided at their institution.

Hospital leaders said the achievement should serve to reassure those throughout the region and beyond who receive health care at The University of Tennessee Medical Center that the facility meets high standards of patient care as well as leadership in nursing and innovations in the professional practice of nursing. Recognition is based on numerous quality indicators for patient care, clinical outcomes and standards of nursing practice. Magnet status is a four year designation and those granted the status must continue to maintain the rigorous standards throughout the duration of the recognition.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is the only hospital in the Knoxville and East Tennessee region to achieve Magnet status and is one of only four in the state of Tennessee with an active Magnet designation. Only approximately seven percent of the nation’s hospitals earn designation from the Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet status provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive at a hospital.

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit the Magnet website at www.nursecredentialing.org.

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