St. Joseph Warren Hospital Achieves Nursing Excellence Recognition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital once again achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and professionalism.

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 598 hospitals in the U.S. achieving the honor. Fewer than 40 Ohio hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition, a news release states.

“Magnet status provides tangible evidence of our nurses’ unwavering commitment to providing superior patient care across Trumbull County and throughout the Mahoning Valley Community,” said Dr. John Luellen, market president of Mercy Health Youngstown and Lorain. “This team is once again among the very top in the nation in terms of quality of care delivered every day to our patients. Achieving Magnet status is a demanding process, and I applaud our nurses and nursing leadership for their collaboration in accomplishing this designation for the fifth time.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations go through a long process that measures the specific benefits to the health care of the community, including a higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information. Other benchmarks include a lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates, as well as a higher job satisfaction among nurses and a lower number of nurses reporting intentions to leave their positions.

St. Joseph Warren Hospital has been designated a Magnet hospital since 2011, according to Charlotte Gardiner, St. Joseph’s president.

Stacie Call, chief nursing officer for Mercy Health Youngstown and Lorain said she was proud of all the nursing teams involved, led by Missy Rucci, vice president of nursing at the hospital.

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

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.