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In 2006, Martha Jefferson was accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® organization; becoming the first independent community hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve this recognition held by less than 5% of hospitals nationwide.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies.
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, "Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet recognition program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive." Hospitals applying for Magnet status must demonstrate excellence in to transformational leadership, professional development, quality patient care and innovative practice. Magnet hospitals enjoy a competitive advantage over non-magnet institutions in terms of recruiting and retaining nursing and other medical staff.
"For years, nurses at Martha Jefferson have worked hard to become leaders in their field," said Jim Haden, president of Martha Jefferson Hospital. "This provides our community tremendous assurance that the quality of care provided at Martha Jefferson meets the gold standard today, and that our institution is well-positioned to continue recruiting and training the best nurses in the field for years to come."