Penrose attains recognition for nursing excellence

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Magnet recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Of more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only 397 have achieved Magnet designation. Penrose-St. Francis is now one of eight hospitals in Colorado and the only hospital in southern Colorado to be designated Magnet, according to a Penrose-St. Francis news release.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.

In addition, hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in inpatient care and quality.

Penrose has also been ranked by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for six consecutive years.