DANVILLE — Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) has attained “Magnet” recognition for the third time and the first time with Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

Geisinger announced Friday that the designation is a “testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.”

The Magnet Recognition Program is operated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and “distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice, Geisinger reports.

“It’s a great achievement,” said Crystal Muthler, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer for (GMC).

“To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses,” she was quoted in a press release. “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 the people we serve.”

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.

U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that involves 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.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years.

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