Premier Health earns Magnet recognition

DAYTON — All Premier Health hospitals have earned Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

Nationally recognized as the highest standard of excellence in patient care, 8 percent of U.S. hospitals hold the esteemed four-year designation, and only 20 U.S. health care systems have achieved the honor as systems.

Premier Health hospitals are the only Dayton-area adult hospitals recognized as Magnet hospitals.

“Magnet designation is confirmation of our culture of excellence,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “Achieving this recognition for the first time as a health care system is not only rare; it signifies that all Premier Health facilities stand equally committed to deliver the best patient care possible.”

Magnet status is recognized as professional nursing’s highest honor. A wide body of research has shown that Magnet-designated hospitals provide a safer environment with better outcomes for patients, including fewer complications and injuries, as well as lower mortality rates.

“Premier Health is only the second health system in Ohio to achieve Magnet designation as a system,” said Mike Maiberger, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Premier Health. “Achieving this highly selective honor is a huge point of pride for our organization and a testament to the hard work of our nursing teams and all who support them.”

Registered Nurse Jeanette Ives Erickson, chairwoman of the Commission on Magnet Recognition, announced the commission’s vote in favor of Premier Health’s Magnet status via conference call.

Appraisers who visited Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, Miami Valley Hospital South and Upper Valley Medical Center during a weeklong visit in November toured 79 departments and units and met with 546 clinical nurses, along with many hospital leaders, physicians, essential partners and community stakeholders.

The Magnet recognition program evaluates hospitals based on empowerment and autonomy of nurses, collaborative work environments, nurse and patient satisfaction, nurse education and research, patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks and more.

“Magnet appraisers said they were impressed with our systems and structures, community partnerships, interdisciplinary partnerships, physician-nurse partnerships and our nursing staff overall,” said Peggy Mark, Premier Health’s chief nursing officer. “Achieving system designation through the Magnet recognition program is an organizational effort that demonstrates the quality of work and commitment to our patients by everyone at Premier Health, and especially years of tireless work by our nursing teams. Our hospitals could not have earned this honor without their hard work and dedication.”