South Shore Hospital nurses recognized again for excellence
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has once again bestowed the coveted and prestigious Magnet® certification status on South Shore Hospital. Magnet® recognition is the highest national credential for nursing excellence, serving as the gold standard for nursing practice. Only eight percent of healthcare organizations nationally earn the honor.
“I want to thank our nursing colleagues for their hard work, professionalism, and commitment to our patients and families. Their deep dedication to the nursing profession enabled us to earn this high level of success and recognition,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President & CEO, South Shore Health.
To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from colleagues across the organization.
“Receiving Magnet® recognition for the third consecutive time reflects South Shore Hospital’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care to residents of Southeastern, Massachusetts,” said Pamela Whelton, President & COO, South Shore Hospital.
Above and beyond the Magnet® re-designation, South Shore Hospital’s Emergency Department and Cath Lab received an exemplar from the ANCC. For eight consecutive quarters during 2016 and 2017, the teams exceeded the national benchmark for average door-to-balloon time for AMI (heart attack) patients. This complex measure refers to the amount of time that passes from when a person arrives at a hospital with symptoms of a heart attack, to when the cardiologist opens the artery, usually with an angioplasty balloon or other devices.
The national door-to-balloon goal is 90 minutes or less; the lower the time the better. South Shore Hospital was recognized for its successful execution of this measure for two consecutive years involving hundreds of patients.
"Nursing is the ultimate team sport,” said Tim Quigley, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.
"Here at South Shore Hospital, our team of clinical and support colleagues is championed by a professional nursing environment (e.g. Magnet® ) which is date driven and always centered on what is best for the patient and their family,” Quigley said