Patients at Columbia’s Prisma Health Baptist Hospital can take comfort in knowing they are receiving some of the best nursing care anywhere.

The hospital has achieved Magnet status, recognized as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Prsima Health Baptist joins a select group of healthcare organizations able to meet the rigorous standards set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC), demonstrating that the hospital empowers its nurses to take the lead on patient care and to be drivers of change and innovation.

There are only seven Magnet-designated hospitals in South Carolina and fewer than 600 worldwide. Requirements include meeting stringent measures of workplace environment, clinical excellence, innovative practices and quality patient outcomes.

“I am proud of the Baptist nursing team’s commitment and pursuit of excellence,” said Tina Ralyea, chief nursing officer for Prisma Health Baptist and Baptist Parkridge hospitals. “The Magnet designation is one milestone as we continue to bring our purpose to life: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.”

"Prisma Health is focused on excellence in nursing practice. Magnet designation is the outcome of this commitment,” said Prisma Health Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Carolyn Swinton. “We could not be prouder of our Baptist Hospital nursing, physician and support teams who have been working so diligently toward this well-deserved recognition."

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, the AANC evaluates applicants across several 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.

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