Newswise — (New York, NY - July 17, 2014) The Mount Sinai Hospital announced today it has received its third consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In addition, Mount Sinai Queens received first-time Magnet designation as well. Considered the gold standard, Magnet designation is the highest recognition for nursing excellence. Less than eight percent of hospitals worldwide have received the designation.

“A decade ago, we were honored with our first Magnet program designation and the recent recognition is the culmination of our continued commitment to nursing excellence,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President, Mount Sinai Health System. “We are also extremely proud of our first- ever Magnet designation for Mount Sinai Queens. It signifies a culture of excellence that is central to how we serve our community.”

Deborah Zimmerman, DNP, Chair of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet Recognition Program® commended Mount Sinai for its commitment to the community, and the exemplary care displayed throughout the hospital. She shared, “Relationship-centered care is thriving at Mount Sinai. The individualized care provided to the large patient population serves, is impressive.”

“This Magnet designation reflects the quality and superb outcomes of the Nursing team at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens. It reflects the commitment of every member of the hospital team who works to assure excellence in patient care,” said David Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Our nursing leadership and clinical nurses embrace the education and research that support relationship-centered and compassionate nursing care which are key elements in achieving this well-deserved honor.”

“Collaboration, caring, and excellence are personified by the Magnet model,” said Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, the Edgar M. Cullman, Sr., Chair of the Department of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Nursing at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Designation is a tremendous honor that identifies Mount Sinai as an institution where nurses grow professionally, and are consistently improving quality care they provide to patients and families. We care for our patients as we do our own families.” Porter, who is also the Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says there were over 6000 individuals involved in effort to achieve this honor across two hospital campuses.

“Magnet recognition represents the highest quality care practiced at the bedside,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Hospital Queens. “As the only Magnet-designated hospital in Queens, this distinction reinforces our commitment to the Queens community we serve.”

“We have worked together to achieve this award through daily nursing excellence,” said Geralyn McDonough, BSN, MA, RN, Mount Sinai Magnet Program Director. “I am extremely proud to be a Mount Sinai nurse and proud of our nursing community.”

To earn designation, hospitals must meet stringent standards for quality, patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing. Re-designation is an even more rigorous process, requiring a center to provide evidence that Magnet standards have been both met and exceeded during the four-year period since the last designation. Nurses at all levels of practice were involved in the survey, demonstrating their involvement in every aspect of health care delivery.

About the Mount Sinai Health SystemThe Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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