Geisinger nurses receive Magnet recognition

Nov. 20—Geisinger's dedication to nursing performance was acknowledged through Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital's recent Magnet recognition.

The Magnet recognition is the highest national honor in the field of nursing.

"We have great nurses throughout Geisinger, and they make our hospitals and clinics the special places they are for our community," said Janet Tomcavage, executive vice president and chief nursing executive. "This Magnet recognition demonstrates the excellence of our nursing staff and continues to inspire every member of the team.

"It is this level of commitment to providing our patients and neighbors with high-quality care that shines through this Magnet recognition."

To have attained the Magnet recognition, Geisinger met rigorous standards for nursing excellence, as outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program, according to a news release from Geisinger. Hospitals are evaluated based on the "Magnet Model" which offers a foundation for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes, according to the release.

Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital are the only two hospitals in the region to have received the recognition and both have done so four times, Geisinger said.

"This is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community," said Crystal Muthler, chief nursing officer of Geisinger's central region. "To earn Magnet recognition once again is an incredible source of pride for our nurses, and it highlights the quality and values our staff members bring to our patients every day.

"It reflects well upon the wonderful nursing professionals we have at Geisinger and illustrates how lucky we are to have them here in our community."