Frederick Health has received one of the top honors a hospital can achieve from the
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet® recognition is the gold standard of nursing excellence,
positive practice environments, and high-quality patient care. Nine percent
of hospitals worldwide receive Magnet® designation and this is Frederick
Health’s first time receiving this outcomes-driven credential.
Frederick Health received Magnet® status because:
- Patients and their families are at the forefront of care.
- Patients experience fewer complications, lower mortality rates, and higher
- Nurses identify Frederick Health as a supportive work environment.
- Nurses are empowered, and leadership is visible and accessible.
- Nursing practices are based on evidence, and nurses advance professionally.
“It is a true honor to earn this prestigious designation as a reflection
of the high quality care provided by our hospital and health system,”
says Cheryl Cioffi, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President,
Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer of Frederick Health.
“This has been a rigorous and lengthy process and we could not be
more proud of our nursing staff and our entire team’s hard work
Frederick Health submitted more than 3,500 pages of supportive evidence
to the ANCC describing their nursing practices and positive patient outcomes.
They described how nurses identify and improve processes, contribute to
addressing the organization’s strategic priorities, are involved
in the design and implementation of technology to enhance the patient
experience, and participate to improve workflows and the work environment.
The ANCC was especially impressed with how collaboratively all departments
work together to achieve the health system’s mission.
“It takes teamwork across many different disciplines to receive Magnet®
recognition.” says Tom Kleinhanzl, Frederick Health President &
CEO. “This is a culmination of years of hard work within our organization.
Magnet® recognition speaks to our high standards and dedication to
our mission to positively impact the well-being of every individual in
our community. This is a nursing honor, and an honor for all of us, and
we’re very proud of this accomplishment.”
“This designation is a celebration and validation of the amazing
work our nurses do every day,” says Jamie White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,
Vice President of Quality Assurance and Patient Experience at Frederick
Health. “It is a symbol that says Frederick Health is an organization
that always functions at a high level, strives to provide the best care
possible, and supports staff to have the best possible work environment
to be outstanding.”
Denise Owen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Clinical Specialist, Nursing Quality &
Magnet® Recognition at Frederick Health, says, “Our nurses keep
the patients and their families at the center of their daily care. We
want to support a workforce that feels hopeful, confident, and safe. Joy
in work is an essential resource for the practice of nursing.”
Members of Frederick Health’s Board of Directors were present for
the announcement and echoed that this recognition confirms what many already
knew, that Frederick Health has an excellent team of nurses throughout
the health system.
With this recognition, Frederick Health also received three exemplars from
the ANCC related to Central Line Acquired Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI),
Extravasation Rates, and the collaborative work of the Chronic Care Management
Home Care nurses and Care Clinic nurses.
Standards for this designation increase every four years when organizations
seek renewal of their Magnet® status. To maintain this designation,
Frederick Health will need to show improvements such as increasing the
percentage of nurses with advanced degrees, having additional research
studies, and increasing quality patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Diane McFarland, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services
at Frederick Health, says, “Magnet® represents the highest quality
outcomes and a supportive work environment that allows nurses and the
entire healthcare team to provide exemplary patient care. We are up to
the challenge of continuing to raise the bar to improve care for this