Newport Hospital attains Magnet® nursing recognition again

May 20, 2019

Orla Brandos, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Newport Hospital, celebrates with Alicia Williams, RN.

Newport Hospital has received notice that it has once again attained Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence, joining a select group of hospitals that have received the four-year designation four consecutive times.  
The honor, bestowed upon the hospital by The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. Only hospitals that meet the rigorous standards for high-quality nursing excellence can achieve Magnet recognition, the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. 

Newport Hospital has continuously maintained Magnet recognition since 2004. This year, the hospital was further commended for demonstrating exemplary nursing in four specific areas: nursing professional development, behavioral health screening, emergency nursing and infection control.
“I’m not sure people understand what a tremendous accomplishment it is to attain Magnet designation four times in a row,” said Crista Durand, Newport Hospital president. “There are only 498 hospitals in the entire world that are Magnet certified, and only 53 globally that have achieved four-time Magnet status.  It really is the highest possible standard for nursing excellence.  As a hospital president, it makes me immensely proud to see our outstanding nursing staff recognized in this way. And for our community, it brings home that our patients and family members can rely on some of the best nursing care in the country.”
According to the Magnet Recognition Program® Commission, the designation provides benefits to hospitals and their communities, including the following:
* 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
“This is really a credit to every member of our nursing staff, who bring such dedication and commitment to excellence to their work,” said Orla Brandos, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “We have more than 95 nurses on staff who hold specialty certification, and such a deep pool of talent, skill and compassion throughout our entire nursing team.  I’m so proud to lead these extraordinary professionals, and to have the exceptional care they provide to our patients recognized by the Magnet Commission.”
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 the Magnet Recognition Program®. 

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and

Newport Hospital has garnered other impressive accolades recently, including a five-star rating for overall quality from the national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and being recognized as a "high performer" in treatment for heart failure by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-2019 Best Regional Hospital rankings. The hospital has also won a string of "A" grades for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit.

Richard Salit

Senior Public Relations Officer
The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, Gateway Healthcare