St. Elizabeth Boardman Nurses Honored for Excellence

YOUNGSTOWN – Mercy Health, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and professionalism, once again.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program serves as a reflection of the nursing staff’s superiority in patient care, with fewer than 10% of the 591 hospitals in the U.S. achieving the honor. Less than 40 Ohio hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

St. Elizabeth Boardman has been a Magnet hospital since 2011, said Genie Aubel, president of Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital.

“We are so pleased to once again achieve this distinguished status and I thank each team member for their efforts in serving the health and well-being needs of our patients and our community,” Aubel said.

The credentialing center evaluates applicants for the recognition using the Magnet Model, which includes a number of components and dimensions used to gauge nursing excellence. The process includes participation of leadership and staff, an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the recognition commission.

The Magnet recognition is indicative of a higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, such as availability of help and receipt of discharge information; a lower risk of 30-day mortality rate; lower failure to rescue rates; higher job satisfaction among nurses; and lower reports of nurses intending to leave their positions.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects the culture of excellence that is not only a key driver for our nursing teams, but which also serves as a cornerstone of how we care for our community,” said Stacie Call, chief nursing officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown and Lorain. “I am proud of the nursing teams at St. Elizabeth Boardman who once again achieved this recognition. Magnet provides our community with the ultimate benchmark on which to measure the quality of patient care.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.