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December 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 6

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WEST KENDALL BAPTIST HOSPITAL ACHIEVES MAGNET RECOGNITION AGAIN

 Recognition for the second time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence

October 9, 2019 — West Kendall Baptist Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, attained Magnet recognition again, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program ® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. 
 
Receiving Magnet recognition for the second time is a great achievement for West Kendall Baptist Hospital, as it continues to proudly belong to the select community of Magnet-recognized organizations. 
 
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, Chief Executive Officer at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of our patients.” 
 
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care 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 and lower failure to rescue rates. 
Higher job satisfaction among nurses. 
Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions. 
 
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. 
 
“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition we achieved,” said Sandra McLean, MSHA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “Magnet recognition raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet recognition.” 
 
About West Kendall Baptist Hospital
West Kendall Baptist Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
 
About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program 
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — 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 www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet. 
 
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