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Baptist Health Louisville Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence



The Auditorium at Baptist Health Louisville was at capacity on March 19 as administrative leaders, staff and volunteers awaited a much anticipated call regarding one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve. At 3:15 p.m., employees cheered and congratulated one another as they learned the hospital achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, the second time since initial designation in 2008.

Magnet designation recognizes healthcare 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 review of nursing services. Only about six percent of hospitals worldwide are able to meet the high standards required.  Baptist Health Louisville is one of five Magnet designated hospitals in the state of Kentucky and among the 400 in the US. 

“Being recognized by Magnet, now twice, is clear affirmation of the caliber of care our nurses provide and how well they work with other healthcare disciplines and physicians with the patient as the sole focus,” shared Education and Development Director Darla Meredith, , who has overseen Baptist Health Louisville’s journey toward Magnet status. “We are extremely proud of our entire staff for this monumental achievement.”

Designation is more difficult to achieve the second time around, as auditors expect a foundation of excellence to already be in place. To substantiate its claim for nursing excellence, Baptist Health Louisville submitted over 4,400 pages of documentation during the journey to re-designation over the past four years. Many at Baptist Health Louisville were involved in this process.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve. Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.

“We are committed to exceptional patient care and our Magnet re-designation is evidence of that commitment,” said Karen Newman, Chief Nursing Officer. “A big thank you to the many staff, physicians, community partners and board members who serve our patients and their families, making this a truly unique organization.”

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States.  Baptist Health Louisville’s Magnet status is valid for four years.