St. Elizabeth Florence and Ft. Thomas Achieve Magnet Recognition Thursday May 3, 2018 Ft. Thomas/Florence, KY—St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence and Ft. Thomas achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of their nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. St. Elizabeth Florence and Ft. Thomas join a global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Of the 5,534 American Hospital Association registered hospitals, approximately eight percent are Magnet designated. “Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. To now have each of our five hospitals Magnet designated is tangible evidence of our nurses’ consistent quality and commitment to continually strive to work together to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.” Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as: Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information. Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates. Higher job satisfaction among nurses. Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions. Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of America’s Best Hospitals includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality inpatient care.