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Published on April 07, 2017

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Completes Magnet Survey

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care 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.


During the Magnet site survey, appraisers from the ANCC met with nurses, and leaders across the organization, toured different areas of the hospital, shared meals together and held roundtable meetings on topics ranging from Evidence-Based Practices to ethics and even met with members of faculty from schools of nursing affiliates and educators. The event finished with a public forum for members of the community to let their voices be heard by the ANCC representatives.


“This site visit is a celebration of the tremendous amount of work that has been done throughout our organization over the last four years, and it has been long awaited,” said Laurie Hartwig, MPA/HCA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Regional Administrative Director of Professional Excellence, CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas. “Now it is time for our nurses to tell the story of what they have been doing here for the last four years and the impact this Magnet Journey has had on our culture. We currently have three open positions in the organization, which is the lowest that we’ve had for as long as anyone can remember.”


Most hospitals and medical organizations do not meet the criteria necessary to even apply for Magnet recognition, as it is one of the most difficult statuses to achieve. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital -Tyler, which includes our Tyler hospital campuses and all CHRISTUS Trinity Clinics, has attempted application in the past, and was accepted in July 2014 for the first time.


“Magnet really demonstrates nursing excellence in an organization, and our patients come here for excellent care throughout the health system,” said Robert Rose, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas. “Magnet organizations typically demonstrate shorter lengths of stay, higher quality outcomes, lower costs and higher levels of patient satisfaction – and these are all the goals that CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System aims for across the organization, for all our patients. As a benefit to patients and their families, the Magnet designation will bring better talent to Tyler as a community and will be a signal to our patients that we provide the most excellent care and employ the most satisfied nurses. We have worked incredibly hard for this, and for how much it will benefit our patients, and this site survey serves to affirm our documentation and to validate those efforts.”


CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital -Tyler gathered data for 18 months and produced the necessary submission documents, which the ANCC only accepts four times year. On Oct. 1, 2016, the ANCC received and began the review process for the organization’s application. The ANCC then scored the document, which is an in-depth review process that takes three-to-four months. After CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler’s document was found to be “Excellent,” the ANCC scheduled this week’s three-day site visit to verify the data in the document. Now, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler must await the results of the site visit.


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About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 400 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 34 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties. For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit

Reviewed by Will Knous on April 07, 2017