St. Francis Hospital Earns Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence for the Second Time

ROSLYN, N.Y., April 20, 2011 – St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® has once again received one of the most coveted and prestigious honors a hospital and its nurses can achieve - the Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing services. This honor is the result of a rigorous evaluation that included extensive interviews and reviews of nursing services, clinical outcomes, and patient care and satisfaction. It marks the second time in a row that the Hospital has received this highly regarded nationwide recognition.

Only six percent of hospitals in the United States have earned the Magnet™ designation. St. Francis is one of just three hospitals on Long Island and the only hospital in Nassau County to hold this national distinction for providing the very best in nursing care.

“To achieve this prestigious honor for a second time is a superb testament to the excellence of our nurses,” said Alan D. Guerci, M.D., President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital. “It confirms what our patients and physicians know firsthand, that our nurses meet the highest standards in terms of dedication, professionalism and compassion in caring for our patients on a daily basis.”

The Magnet program™ was created and is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). It recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, and leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

“We are extremely proud to have earned the Magnet™ designation twice because it reflects the quality, teamwork and compassion of our nurses,” said Ann Cella, M.A., M.Ed., R.N., NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “It is a great honor to receive this recognition again.”

The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. St. Francis Hospital’s Magnet™ status, which includes annual reviews, is valid for four years.

The Magnet designation is the latest honor St. Francis has received for nursing excellence. Last October, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis nurses in the top 10% of the 155 hospitals it rated the best in the nation.

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