Robert Packer Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Robert Packer Hospital has received Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

"When we received the telephone call from ANCC yesterday afternoon it was truly an exciting moment for all of us," stated Bonnie Onofre, RN, MSN, CRNP, Chief Nursing Officer at Robert Packer Hospital. "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." Fewer than 5 percent of all hospitals in the country have achieved Magnet status.

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:

  • 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.