July 21, 2011
Doctors and nurses at Martha Jefferson were given reason to celebrate Thursday.
The hospital just found out it was re-designated as a Magnet Facility, the highest award for nursing excellence, not only in the United States, but worldwide. The American Nurses Association first honored Martha Jefferson as a Magnet Facility in 2006 and has decided it's worthy once again.
“For patients, it can be an assurance that when they come to Martha Jefferson they're going to get the very best care that's out there,” said Chief Nursing Officer Amy Black.
It's an honor bestowed on very few hospitals.
“We've worked very hard as a nursing service on our patient outcomes and satisfaction, and we would do that even if there wasn't a Magnet award, but this is just a recognition that what we're doing here is the right thing to do for our patients,” Black remarked.
Martha Jefferson joins 16 other hospitals in Virginia and nearly 400 worldwide with Magnet status.