Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center received its third consecutive Magnet designation following an extensive site visit in June. Magnet recognition is the highest national honor a healthcare organization can receive for professional nursing practice from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), with only 498 facilities nationwide earning the designation.
“Magnet designation is a badge of honor showing our patients and guests that when they come into our facility, they will receive the highest standard and quality of care,” said K. Scott Wester, president and CEO at Our Lady of the Lake. “To achieve this designation three times is no easy feat. It is a culmination of our continued commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients and guests each and every day.”
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center previously achieved Magnet® designations in 2014 and 2010. Earning a re-designation is considered an even more challenging process, requiring a hospital to provide evidence that Magnet® standards have been both met and exceeded since the last designation. After submitting an extensive application, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous evaluation and site visit in June that included extensive interviews with team members and review of our nursing services and structure as well as patient care and safety processes.
“Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence,” said Nicole Telhiard, chief nursing officer at Our Lady of the Lake. “It is an honor that shows that our nurses can grow professionally and are continuously looking at innovative ways we can improve patient care and outcomes.”