The Washington Times-Herald

January 18, 2014

Good Samaritan Hospital earns award

The Washington Times-Herald

---- — VINCENNES, Ind. – Good Samaritan Hospital has once again achieved Magnet designation due to its nursing excellence. The designation comes from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program is the highest honor a health care organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

“Receiving our second Magnet Recognition means so much to our nurses and health care team who strive to deliver the best patient care everyday,” stated Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “It takes an extraordinary amount of teamwork and dedication from every department in the hospital to constantly improve and maintain our Magnet status.”

According to the ANCC, the Magnet Recognition Program “recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.” When considering hospitals that offer the highest level of care, patients look for and rely on health care institutions that are recognized by Magnet. Good Samaritan Hospital first received Magnet Recognition in 2008. The designation is granted every four years.

“We are all very proud of the tremendous work and devotion embodied in every single one of our nurses,” stated Rob McLin, President and CEO.

“Our nurses continue to go above and beyond patient care every day and constantly strive to be better. Having employees that are willing to grow and learn alongside the hospital is amazing. I have always known how great our nurses are here at Good Samaritan Hospital. Being recognized by a prestigious program like Magnet just proves to everyone else how great they are as well.”

Preparation for the Magnet Designation began a year before in 2012. Submitting a 22-inch thick document to the ANCC was the first step of the Magnet recognition process.

The document highlights the exemplary work of not only the nurses at GSH, but also the collaboration the nurses have with all departments within the hospital and the community.

The ANCC Magnet appraisers visited Good Samaritan Hospital for three days to perform a site visit in December to validate the information submitted.

The final decision was made after a review by a panel of Magnet Commissioners.

Unlike the first designation where the hospital had to prove structures were in place to support exceptional nursing work, a Magnet re-designation signifies that the structures and processes in place have resulted in superior outcomes.