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UPMC St. Margaret Again Earns Prestigious Nursing Recognition

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. UPMC St. Margaret has earned the distinguished Magnet® Recognition once again, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. 

UPMC St. Margaret is receiving the recognition for the fourth time, an accomplishment made by fewer than 5% of hospitals nationwide. 

“This recognition represents our nursing staff’s continued commitment to providing excellent care at UPMC St. Margaret,” said Dave Patton, president, UPMC St. Margaret. “We are proud to offer the highest quality of care in the communities we serve and applaud our incredible staff for their continued dedication.” 

UPMC St. Margaret was the first hospital in the UPMC system to achieve Magnet designation in 2009, again in 2014 and 2019. The hospital is one of 10 hospitals in the state with three or more designations.  

 “We are so proud to receive word today from the ANCC about our Magnet redesignation,” said Jennifer Hicks, advanced clinical education specialist, magnet coordinator, UPMC St. Margaret. “It not only demonstrates the teamwork and dedication of our staff, but also signifies to our patients that we are committed to excellence and quality.” 
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 Only 9.4% of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition, which is considered the highest honor and gold standard for nursing excellence, as well as a significant factor when the public evaluates health care organizations. Factors for Magnet consideration 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. To maintain designation, organizations must reapply every four years. 

Magnet 1Magnet designated hospitals are known to have fewer reports of nurses intending to leave their positions, higher overall job satisfaction among nurses, higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication and availability of help and receipt of discharge information and lower risk of 30-day mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. 

Other hospitals in the UPMC system that have received Magnet designation include UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC Passavant, UPMC Community Osteopathic, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC West Shore

PHOTO DETAILS: (click images for high-res versions)

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CAPTION: Casey Green, interim director of nursing education; Jen Vonada, nurse educator; Jennifer Hicks, interim Magnet Program director; Jennifer Parrotte, director of nursing education and curriculum development; Kendallyn White, advanced clinical education specialist; (kneeling row, left to right) Julie Teribery, advanced clinical education specialist; Kristen Killian, advanced clinical education specialist; Nikki Corrado, nurse educator

Second photo
CAPTION: Marianna Stoneburner, vice president of clinical practice operations & optimization; Dave Patton, president of UPMC St. Margaret; Jim Malkowiak, interim CNO and clinical director; Jennifer Parrotte, director of nursing education and curriculum development; Linda Winters, director, patient experience; Dawn Vocke, clinical director; Morgan Stumpf, clinical director; Faith Colen, director, quality and patient safety; Jennifer Hicks, interim Magnet Program director