Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a reflection of the organization’s nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.
Magnet distinction is the highest national credential for nursing excellence that serves as the gold standard for nursing practice. With this credential, MRMC joins the select group of only 509 Magnet-recognized hospitals in the U.S. and is one of only five Magnet-designated organizations in the state.
“Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone in how we serve our community,” Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson said. “I commend every member of our nursing team on achieving this prestigious designation. Their dedication to evidence-based practices and patient care is reflected in this achievement.”
Not only did MRMC receive Magnet status, but the organization was also recognized for nine exemplars, including workforce, community health, quality outcomes, safety initiatives and patient satisfaction.
“Achieving this success is a testament to the organization’s commitment to outstanding patient care,” said MRMC Chief Nursing Officer Deborah Lumpkins, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “During this time of heightened public health concern caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the public can rest assured that they are in excellent hands with the nursing and care teams at Maury Regional Medical Center.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including:
• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates
• Higher job satisfaction among nurses
• Improved nursing recruitment and retention
To achieve Magnet recognition, MRMC passed a rigorous and lengthy process that demanded widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process included an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. The application process for MRMC was led by Lumpkins and Director of Nursing Professional Development Sue MacArthur.
Recognized as the number one hospital in the state for medical excellence in overall hospital care by CareChex, an information service of Quantros Inc., MRMC has been nationally recognized and awarded. In 2011 and in 2017, MRMC received the ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence designation, which demonstrates a commitment to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of multidisciplinary health care teams.
“We take pride in our dedication to nursing excellence and evidence-based practice that is at the core of our organization,” Lumpkins said. “Our commitment to continual learning extends beyond the walls of the medical center. Nurses present at national conferences, hold professional association leadership roles and donate their time, talents and resources to our community. I am proud of the opportunity to work among such a talented nursing team.”