Providence St. Patrick Hospital Achieves Magnet Recognition for Nursing

(Missoula, Mont.) Providence St. Patrick Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met.

Magnet is the highest recognition an organization can receive for nursing care as established by the ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). St. Patrick Hospital is proud to be only one of two hospitals in the state of Montana to hold this prominent designation. And out of the 6,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., fewer than 400 have achieved Magnet status.

"Achieving Magnet status is proof of our pursuit of excellence in nursing and in all areas of the hospital. We have been working toward Magnet recognition since 2009. Our nurses have accomplished much, from peer review and nursing research, to expanded shared governance, to reaching excellence in many patient outcomes. In order to achieve Magnet status, we had to compile data and evidence for two years, and create a document, a kind of “resume” of our nursing excellence. This requires describing and demonstrating 116 required components or "Sources of Evidence" based on structural empowerment, transformational leadership, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge innovations and improvements, and empirical outcomes. It truly takes the dedication of everyone within the organization to achieve this level of recognition," said Joyce Dombrouski, RN, Chief Acute Services Officer.

The benefits of a Magnet culture include improving and promoting quality outcomes and the patient experience, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, encouraging and supporting continuing education and professional growth, and reinforcing a strong positive culture of professional and effective collaboration.

The Magnet Recognition Program was designed by the ANCC to promote excellence in nursing. Achieving this status does not come easily; participants must verify and validate strict criteria, such as high-quality care, strong nurse leadership and high levels of job satisfaction.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
(ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard 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