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St. Luke's Recognized for Nursing Excellence

By Ken Dey, News and Community
November 12, 2010

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has granted St. Luke’s Health System’s Treasure Valley hospitals and clinics a third Magnet Recognition.

St. Luke’s is one of just 32 organizations nationwide to receive this designation for a third time. St. Luke’s Treasure Valley nurses now join the ranks of nurses at prestigious health care organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cedars Sinai and the University of Washington that have received a third consecutive recognition.

“A third designation from the Magnet Recognition Program speaks volumes about the quality and dedication of our nursing staff who deserve their place among the nation’s best,” said St. Luke’s Boise/ Meridian CEO Gary Fletcher. “Magnet reflection is a reflection of how all our staff works every day to create a high quality and caring environment for our patients.”

St. Luke’s third Magnet recognition is valid for four years and applies to St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute and the more than 80 St. Luke’s Clinics in the Treasure Valley.

In 2002, when St. Luke’s received its first Magnet designation it was the first in Idaho and one of only 39 in the United States. Today, St. Luke’s and Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene are the only Idaho hospitals to receive Magnet recognition out of more than 370 Magnet hospitals in the United States.

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice as defined by the American Nurses Association (ANA).

Magnet recognition reflects that an organization has reached the highest level of nursing and patient care excellence in the nation.

“Achieving our third Magnet recognition has again raised the bar on patient care and inspired all of us – nurses, physicians, professional and support staff – to strive to be even better,” said Joanne Clavelle, RN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for St. Luke’s Treasure Valley. “It was our focus on excellence that enabled us to become a Magnet facility in the first place, and it’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet recognized hospital today.”

To qualify for Magnet recognition, applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

About The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas and recognize health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments to find out more, visit www.nursecredentialing.org.

About St. Luke's Health System St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only locally controlled health care system, employing more than 8,000 people. With hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, St. Luke’s provides patients with unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. To find out more, visit www.stlukesonline.org.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.