Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet Designation

ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2019) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition for its dedication to nursing excellence. Conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, this honor is the highest international distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing care.

The Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations worldwide that demonstrate superior nursing standards in the delivery of quality patient care, leading to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Reaching Magnet status signifies Children’s demonstration of excellence and outperformance in each of these areas.

“We are truly honored to receive Magnet recognition for Scottish Rite,” said Linda Cole, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing and Hospital Operations Officer at Children's. “This achievement wouldn’t be possible without our incredible team of nurses and care delivery partners who go above and beyond for our patients and families every single day. This news comes on the heels of also receiving this designation for Children's Egleston Hospital last November, so I couldn’t be more proud of our Children’s family.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, Scottish Rite was required to demonstrate an exceptional practice environment for nurses and meet high standards for patient experience. This lengthy process included an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit in November 2018, and an official review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

“Our Children’s nurses and care delivery partners provide some of the highest quality care in the country,” said Stacey Deweese, Senior Vice President of Operations at Scottish Rite. “Our care teams are deeply devoted to their patients and patient families, and they’re always looking for innovative ways to provide better care. This process gave us the opportunity to share our achievements with hospitals across the country and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Linda and Stacey received the official designation results call from the ANCC Magnet Commissioner today, Monday, Feb. 25, joined by Donna Hyland, CEO at Children's; Lorisa Williams, Vice President of Nursing at Children's; and Melanie Beaty, Nursing Practice and Magnet Director at Children's. Scottish Rite nurses were gathered in the room to hear the call, and additional staff across the System tuned into a livestream video on the Children’s Facebook page to participate remotely in the celebration.

Egleston received Magnet designation in November 2018. Children’s Hughes Spalding Hospital will complete appraisal for designation by the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Program in 2019.

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