Rockford, IL ,
18:02 PM

OSF Saint Anthony Recognized for Nursing Excellence

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center has once again received Magnet Recognition® for excellence in nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition® has honored OSF Saint Anthony for the fourth time, the most of any hospital in the Rockford region. 

"Magnet Designation® is the gold standard for nursing excellence," said Tammie Jones, chief nursing officer, OSF Saint Anthony. "It recognizes the nurses' commitment to providing outstanding quality patient care and the hospital for being a great place for the nurses to practice at." 

"This Magnet Designation® is really important because it puts Saint Anthony Medical Center in an elite group," said Jones. "Only eight percent of hospitals internationally have received Magnet Designation.® And of those hospitals only seven percent have received this four consecutive times. I am so proud of this outstanding accomplishment that our nurses have demonstrated." 

Hospitals must reapply for the status every four years with each facility providing evidence of excellence and undergoing a site visit that verifies all documentation, nursing satisfaction and engagement.

"Magnet Designation® is a continual journey," said Jones. "And although we reapply for it every four years, it really doesn't have a beginning or an ending. It is the continuation of representation of our Magnet culture through documentation of our stories that demonstrate outstanding patient outcomes and the promotion of a work environment where nurses can grow professionally." 

OSF Saint Anthony invests in the re-designation because it keeps the hospital on track for excellence. 

"I'm extremely proud of our nursing staff here," Jones said. "It takes a lot of courage to have appraisers come in and really delve into the work you do each day. And to have such a positive outcome, these nurses amaze me every single day."