By: Courtney Thomas—
Muncie, Indiana – IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition for its dedication to nursing excellence and high-quality clinical outcomes for patients. This designation comes from the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With this designation, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital joins the 477 Magnet-recognized hospitals nationwide. Only about 8 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation.
“This achievement is tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our community, of which we are extremely proud,” said Carla Cox, vice president and chief nursing officer, IU Health East Central Region. “Magnet is recognized as the gold standard of nursing care and our nurses demonstrate that in every shift, every day.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including:
- 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
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
To achieve this prestigious designation, hospitals must demonstrate an exceptional practice environment for nurses and meet high standards for quality care and experience. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
“Earning Magnet recognition is a tremendous accomplishment that took years of preparation and perseverance at all levels of the organization,” said Jeff Bird, MD, president, IU Health East Central Region. “We are extremely proud of our nurses and our entire healing team for their outstanding work.”
About Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for East Central Indiana and part of Indiana University Health. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and maintains 1.2 million square feet of facilities. More than 17,700 patients are admitted every year and more than 300,000 outpatient procedures are completed annually. Dr. Jeff Bird is President. Learn more at iuhealth.org/ball-memorial.
About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit https://www.nursingworld.org/magnet.