Lahey Clinic earns Magnet® Recognition for nursing excellence

Release Date: 08/18/2009

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Lahey Clinic earns Magnet® Recognition for nursing excellence

BURLINGTON, MA—Lahey Clinic has achieved Magnet® status in recognition of excellence in nursing care. The Magnet Recognition Program®, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizes health care organizations worldwide that are dedicated to nursing excellence, professionalism and patient-focused care.

Lahey is one of only six hospitals in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet recognition and among only 5 percent of all hospitals designated as Magnet hospitals.

“This achievement is a testament to our outstanding nurses and colleagues who contribute each day to the extraordinary patient care that we deliver,” said Kathleen S. Jose, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer. “I am so honored and so proud of everybody who worked for this achievement.”

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Appraisers visited Lahey's medical centers in Burlington and Peabody, and invited comments from nurses, administrators, patients and staff.

Research shows clear benefits to hospitals that achieve Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Patients have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Facilities awarded Magnet recognition consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses, resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

“We are proud to have our nurses recognized as being among the best in the world,” said David M. Barrett, MD, president and chief executive officer of Lahey Clinic. “We always knew the depth of their professionalism and commitment, but it is gratifying to have those qualities validated by an impartial and respected credentialing organization.”

Under Jose's direction, Lahey's Nursing Department has expanded research and educational opportunities for nurses, instituted a model of shared governance for Nursing, and encouraged nurses to enhance their practice by pursuing specialty certifications.

Lahey Clinic employs more than 1500 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse specialists. Lahey's Magnet status is valid for four years.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.