Robert Packer Hospital Celebrates National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Officials at Robert Packer Hospital held a celebration today in honor of achieving the "gold standard" for nursing excellence – Magnet designation. To earn this designation, the hospital met criteria set forth by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

"This is a significant accomplishment. Magnet designation recognizes the level of excellence demonstrated each and every day by our nurses and it also reflects the commitment of the entire hospital team, who together provide the highest quality patient care possible to those we serve," stated Bonnie Onofre, RN, MSN, CRNP, Chief Nursing Officer at Robert Packer Hospital. Fewer than 300 health care organizations in the country have achieved Magnet status.

Today's event was marked by several speakers, including the Honorable Tina Pickett, who presented hospital staff with a commendation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and delivery of nursing services compared to national standards. Organizations undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. There are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve, including:
- 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.

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. Robert Packer Hospital's Magnet status is valid for four years.