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Orange Regional Medical Center Achieves Magnet Recognition

June 16, 2016

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence.
June 16, 2016

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center achieved Magnet recognition in May as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program (ANCC) distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Orange Regional joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Only 6 percent of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Joanne Ritter-Teitel. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an extensive electronic application, organizational performance metrics consistent with ANCC standards, a 3 day on-site visit by 3 nurse appraisers, and a review by the 8 member Commission on Magnet Recognition.

About Orange Regional Medical Center
Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Formed by the merger of Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center, Orange Regional moved the two campuses into a single-site, new, state-of-the-art facility on August 5, 2011. This is the first new hospital built in New York State in over 20 years and boasts seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 383 beds and employs over 2,400 healthcare professionals. More than 600 doctors have privileges at the hospital and treat thousands of area families, friends and neighbors. Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations as well as inpatient services at its main campus. The largest outpatient facility, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in the Town of Wallkill, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and private physician offices. In addition to its designation by the Magnet Recognition Program, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has designated Orange Regional with Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals received the Stage 7 Award. For more information about Orange Regional, visit www.ormc.org.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.


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