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Lowell General Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Magnet AwardOctober 8, 2010 – Lowell, Mass. – Lowell General Hospital is proud to announce that it has achieved Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet recognition is one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practices and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for Lowell General Hospital and is the capstone of our organization’s demonstration of nursing excellence, says Normand E. Deschene, president and chief operating officer of Lowell General. “The status granted by the ANCC officially recognizes the excellent work our nurses do every day and reflects the commitment of our entire staff to providing the highest quality care possible for the people of our community.”

Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of all nursing services. Research shows that there are clear benefits to hospitals that are recognized with Magnet status and to the community they serve:

  • Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of the hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Magnet designated facilities 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.

ANCC MagnetThe largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States, the ANCC grants Magnet status to qualifying hospitals for a four-year period. Among only seven hospitals in the state to achieve Magnet designation, Lowell General takes great pride in their commitment to nursing excellence and embraces a bold vision “to become on of the best community hospitals in America”.

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Magnet AnnouncementPhoto Caption: (L to R)  Amy Hoey, RN, BSN, MS, Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Norm Deschene
President & Chief Executive Officer, Susan Santana, MBA, RN, Magnet Coordinator

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