Valley Childrens achieves fourth Magnet designation, the nation’s highest honor for professional nursing


madera – Children suffering from chronic and fatal illnesses and diseases in the San Joaquin Valley have long enjoyed the care of highest quality nurses at Valley Children’s Hospital. In fact, they have the hardware to prove it.

Earlier this month, Valley Children’s announced it had again been named to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. The designation is considered the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

This year also marks the fourth Magnet designation for Valley Children’s putting the hospital among an elite group of hospitals to receive a fourth. Only 71 hospitals worldwide have earned this four-year-long designation four or more times. In April of 2004, Valley Children’s became the first pediatric hospital west of the Rockies to achieve Magnet designation, which signifies the gold standard for nursing excellence. Valley Children’s achieved designation in 2008 and 2014, as well.

“This fourth consecutive Magnet designation underscores our continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of children,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “We first earned this recognition 15 years ago and today, Valley Children’s continues this tradition of excellence where nursing leaders align their strategic goals to improve outcomes for our patients.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities. Achieving this most recent recognition has been years in the making, with 98 requirements and a committed, hard-working interprofessional team gathering data to demonstrate sustained improvements in nursing satisfaction, patient/family satisfaction and patient outcomes.

“Each time Valley Children’s is evaluated, the bar of excellence goes up higher and higher and each time our clinical teams have stepped up to meet and exceed those standards,” adds Beverly Hayden-Pugh, Valley Children’s Senior Vice President Clinical Integration, Patient Experience and Chief Nursing Officer. “This achievement is remarkable and I am most proud of what it truly signifies – a commitment to providing the best care for our kids.”

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

When announcing this fourth designation, the Commission on Magnet Recognition acknowledged Valley Children’s George’s Pass program as an exemplary practice in healthcare. George’s Pass is the only program of its kind in Central California. It’s designed to improve care and ease the hospital experience for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory issues (including light or sound sensitivity) and special needs. The program launched in the hospital’s surgical units in 2014 and expanded throughout the entire network three years ago.

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