Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center today announced it has been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® honors health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

With this credential, Chilton Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Currently, only 523 of the more than 6,000 U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. That’s less than 9 percent of hospitals in the United States.

Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program, recently shared the news with team members at Chilton Medical Center. See the video here

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“This Magnet designation reflects our nurses’ commitment to clinical excellence, extraordinary patient care and true support of one another – all while preparing for a global widespread pandemic,” said Maureen Schneider, PHD, RN, Chief Nursing and Operations Officer, Chilton Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our entire nursing staff for being recognized as some of the most highly educated, talented and caring nursing professionals in the country. We also could not have achieved this recognition without the support of our medical staff whose partnership is invaluable as we work across disciplines to ensure positive patient outcomes and experiences.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that requires widespread participation from leadership and team members. Magnet designation is based on several factors including staff empowerment, shared decision making, professional development, nurse recruitment/retention and a higher standard of practice.

“Being designated as a Magnet institution is a great honor for us as this national recognition serves as the gold standard for nursing practice. It demonstrates to the communities we serve that Chilton meets rigorous standards of nursing excellence, professionalism, teamwork and excellence in patient care,” said Stephanie Schwartz, President, Chilton Medical Center.

Chilton Medical Center received four exemplars, or examples of best practices, in areas including the following:

  • Emergency Department Left Without Being Seen outperformed the national benchmark of all eight quarters
  • Door to Needle time for stroke patients outperformed the national bench mark of all eight quarters
  • Patient safety outperformed the national mean benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of the quarters on 100% of the units presented
  • Courtesy and respect outperformed the national mean benchmark statistic and comparison cohort for the majority of the quarters on 100% of the units presented

The Magnet designation is granted every four years to only those organizations that demonstrate sustained superiority in nursing care. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation and members granted Magnet status must continue to meet rigorous standards.

Learn more about Chilton Medical Center’s Magnet® Designation here.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA) — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition 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 https://www.nursingworld.org/organizational-programs/magnet/.

About Atlantic Health System 
Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.