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Lehigh Valley Hospitals Earn Magnet® Redesignation for 4th Time

Multiple-achievement Earned by Fewer than 30 Hospitals Worldwide

Nurses from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gathered to hear exciting news with Anne Panik, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer for LVHN who received a phone call concerning LVHN’s application for Magnet® re-designation at the health network’s Lehigh Valley-based hospitals and select service areas.

“We were all thrilled to learn from Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of the commission on Magnet® Recognition, that Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street, LVH–Muhlenberg, LVHN–Tilghman, Home Health and Hospice Services have again earned Magnet designation,” Panik says.

This is the fourth consecutive time LVHN’s Lehigh Valley-based hospitals and colleagues earned Magnet recognition; the first was achieved in 2002. Just over 400 health organizations are currently recognized by the Magnet program, and only 29 (including LVH) have earned this distinction four times. The Magnet program is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. As a Magnet organization, Lehigh Valley Hospital attracts and retains high caliber nurses and support staff.

“Magnet recognition validates what our patients see and experience: a highly professional patient care services staff who commit themselves to excellence in patient care,” says Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s president and chief executive officer. “It also underscores the collaborative environment within which our nurses, physicians and other clinicians work; one of the hallmarks of a Magnet organization.”

“Earning re-designation is an ongoing effort that requires consistent improvement, including the attainment of higher levels of expertise in patient care,” Panik says. “In the last three years the number of nurses certified in a specialty, such as oncology or perioperative services, has risen by more than 20 percent. Their commitment to patient care is evidenced by their efforts to continuously improve the quality and service they provide,” she says.

Magnet organizations are also appraised for how well they exhibit the magnet principles of transformational leadership; empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements, as well as measureable, empirical outcomes.

In 2013, LVHN was honored with the Magnet Prize® for its leading edge work in Telehealth, now under the umbrella of the Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN. This multi-service program exemplifies new knowledge, innovations and improvements. In connected care, nurses are essential to each care encounter by assisting with or providing interactive and virtual care. Later this year, LVHN’s nurses and advanced practice clinicians will again be integral in launching a new connected care service when virtual patient care visits will be available through MyLVHN, LVHN’s patient portal powered by the Epic electronic medical record system.

“I could not be more proud of a group of professionals than I am of my LVHN colleagues,” Panik says. “Today we will enjoy this moment of our Magnet re-designation. Then we will put in the energy and dedication needed to maintain and re-achieve this distinction again in four years.”