Hoag’s Outstanding Nurses Earn Highest National Recognition

For the fourth time, Hoag has attained Magnet® recognition for its high-quality nursing practice, an achievement only 3% of hospitals have reached. The gold-standard for nursing excellence, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and is an incredible source of pride for our nurses and our entire hospital,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “Earning this prestigious designation for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence that drives our entire staff to deliver the highest quality of care.”

Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, great leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program is the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that patients can expect to receive.

To achieve Magnet designation, Hoag underwent an extensive evaluation, and continues to maintain rigorous standards as part of its four-year designation. Applying for – and receiving – Magnet designation communicates to the community that Hoag is one of the best hospitals in the country, dedicated to patient safety and the highest possible quality of medical care.

One reason Hoag’s nurses are so successful is the support they receive from the community. Philanthropists Julia and George Argyros have made a $10 million commitment to Hoag’s nursing program, establishing the Julia Argyros Center for Nursing Excellence seal that funds scholarships for continuing education for Hoag nurses. Funding these scholarships provides Hoag nurses with a level of professional development that ensures continued excellence and evidenced-based care.

“For over 13 years, the Argyros gift helped to fund 2,417 scholarships to Hoag nurses,” said Rick Martin, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Hoag. As a result, an impressive 82% of Hoag nurses have achieved a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree.

“Continued philanthropic support has allowed us to fulfill Hoag’s commitment to develop, attract and retain the best and brightest nurses seeking the highest level of education,” Martin said. “We have a truly incredible team of dedicated nurses who raise the bar for patient care.”

Hoag’s Magnet designation places the hospital among 509 health care organizations out of nearly 6,300 in the U.S., and one of only 38 in California. Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the period of time since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

“We congratulate our nurses and thank our donor community for its continued support,” Braithwaite said. “Our nurses exemplify Hoag’s values and commitment to excellence, and we are extremely proud of them.”