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South Shore Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
August 21, 2009
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, Mass., (August 21, 2009) – It is one of the highest levels of national recognition a hospital can achieve. South Shore Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. 

South Shore Hospital is now part of the exclusive “five percent club”-- only five percent of all hospitals nationwide have achieved Magnet recognition. South Shore Hospital is only the seventh Massachusetts hospital to receive Magnet recognition, and is currently the only Magnet hospital in Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s Magnet status is valid through 2013.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for South Shore Hospital,” said Richard H. Aubut, president and chief executive officer.  “It recognizes the outstanding work our nurses do each day in caring for their patients and each other, and reflects the commitment of our entire staff to serve as a team, providing the highest quality care possible for the people of our community.”

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services.  Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and a review of nursing services.  At South Shore Hospital, every aspect of nursing was examined, from inpatient nursing to clinical professional development to emergency nursing to the nursing services provided by the home care division. “I am so proud of all of our nurses. Each one had a hand in achieving Magnet status and each one continues to fulfill South Shore Hospital’s mission of healing, caring and comforting,” said Tim Quigley, RN, MBA, vice president/chief nursing officer.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by The Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Facilities that achieve Magnet 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.

The Magnet Recognition Program, ANCC Magnet Recognition, Magnet names and logos are registered trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Journey to Magnet Excellence™ and National Magnet Conference™ are trademarks of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. All rights reserved.

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 800-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,500 people, supported by a team of 500 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. 

Please call (781) 624-MORE or visit www.southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 880-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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