Hospital for Joint Diseases Receives Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence

Recognition Achieved by only 6.5 Percent of Healthcare Organizations in U.S.; Quality and Patient Care Requirements Set By American Nursing Credentialing Center

August 17, 2012 - 2:48pm

NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) has achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the international accrediting body that recognizes healthcare organizations focused on nursing excellence. HJD achieved Magnet status based on its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Only 390 of the nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S. currently maintain Magnet status, and HJD now joins NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Rusk Institute which also have achieved Magnet status.

“We are proud of the nurses at Hospital for Joint Diseases for their dedication and commitment to our patients, which now has been recognized by the Magnet program,” said Robert I. Grossman, dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center. “This achievement reaffirms their critical role in our commitment to providing world-class patient care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, and is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. The annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings include Magnet recognition in the criteria for quality of inpatient care.

Research published in journals such as Health Affairs, Journal of Nursing Administration and Critical Care Nurse have shown Magnet recognition provides benefits to hospitals and their communities, including lower mortality rates, shorter length of stay, increased patient satisfaction and increased retention and recruitment of nurses. The four-year Magnet recognition acknowledges an institution’s professional work environment, employee retention and ability to provide bedside patient care to achieve optimal outcomes. Nurses at Magnet facilities differentiate themselves by being visible, accessible and committed to communicating effectively with staff and patients.

“The entire team invested significant time and effort to achieve this recognition – it is a true testament to their dedication to ensuring exemplary professional practice,” said Ann Vanderberg, RN, MA, MBA, NEA-BC, vice president for nursing and patient services at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases. “The nursing department could not have achieved this goal without the support of the entire medical center faculty and administration.”

NYU Langone Medical Center was recently ranked #11in the country in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America, with 13 nationally ranked specialties that also include top-ten rankings for Neurology & Neurosurgery and Geriatrics. NYU Lanagone is the only hospital in New York State to receive top 10 rankings for orthopaedics (ranked #6), rheumatology (ranked #7) and rehabilitation (ranked #8).

Inpatient orthopaedic surgery is performed at Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics, whose surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive and complex bone, joint and spinal surgery. In 2011, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery performed more than 20,000 orthopaedic musculoskeletal procedures.