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Published on September 18, 2014

Trinity Mother Frances Accepted for Prestigious Designation Application

TYLER, TX – Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics has been accepted for application to the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

Most hospitals and medical organizations do not meet the criteria necessary to apply for Magnet recognition, as it is one of the most difficult statuses to achieve. Trinity Mother Frances has attempted application in the past, and was accepted in July for the first time.

“Now that TMFHC has been accepted for application, we have about 18 months to gather our ‘sources of evidence,’” said Laurie Hartwig, RN, BSN, MPA/HCA, System Administrative Director of Professional Excellence at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. Hartwig is heading up the Magnet application process. “We have to show nurse satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and quality data where we exceed the national mean for more than 5 of 8 quarters, essentially outscoring the national averages on patient safety/quality indicators.”

TMFHC will gather data for 18 months and produce the necessary submission documents, which the ANCC only accepts four times year. On Oct. 1, 2016 the ANCC will receive and review TMFHC’s application. The ANCC will then score the document, an in-depth review process, which takes 3-4 months. If TMFHC’s document is found to be “Excellent” the ANCC will schedule a three to four-day site visit. The site visit verifies that the data in the document is true. If site visit is excellent TMFHC will achieve the award.

“There are 14 forces of Magnetism – we have to show we are excellent in all 14 of them to achieve the accreditation,” said Hartwig. “There are several advantages to achieving Magnet status. The message it sends to public is that this is the gold standard in healthcare and that we have achieved quality standards that set us apart from non-magnet organizations. Another key component is that Magnet organizations attract quality talent – from nurses and physical therapists to pharmacists and doctors, people want to work for Magnet organizations. To even achieve it means that we have things in place to make this a great place to work.”

Hartwig said achieving the initial Magnet status is just the beginning. “It’s an ongoing award,” explained Hartwig. “We must reapply every  four years, and that’s a great thing. It means we are continuing to evaluate our standards of quality care and that we are maintaining that care at the highest levels.”