Mission Hospital earns prestigious Magnet® Designation, the highest international honor for nursing excellence

ASHEVILLE – Nov. 19, 2020 – Mission Hospital achieved Magnet® recognition In November as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Mission Hospital joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition and Mission Hospital is the only one in Western North Carolina.

Mission Hospital’s journey to Magnet recognition began in September of 2015, continued through the transition to HCA Healthcare, and culminated in a final site visit in September of this year.

“Our Magnet journey recognizes Mission Hospital nurses for their unwavering commitment to excellence,” said Karen Olsen, Chief Nursing Officer at Mission Hospital. “The strength of our team is a result of a shared governance structure and nurses being empowered in decision making in concert with nursing leadership. Together they address patient and family centered care, care of self, care of the team, positive practice environments and quality patient outcomes.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public selects health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to ensure quality patient care,” said Chad Patrick, CEO, Mission Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates organizations across a number of components and dimensions to gauge nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Learn more about growing your nursing career at Mission Hospital at https://careers.mission-health.org/

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Mission Hospital, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, located in Asheville, North Carolina, serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org/mission.

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursingworld.org/magnet.

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