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Passavant Area Hospital Earns Magnet® Hospital Designation for Third Time


For the third time since 2009, Passavant Area Hospital has been designated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The Magnet designation is part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. With this redesignation, Passavant is part of a select group of 43 healthcare organizations in Illinois and 469 out of nearly 6,300 healthcare organizations in the United States to receive Magnet status. Passavant officials received the redesignation phone call from the ANCC earlier this afternoon.  

“Magnet status is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest-quality care,” said Leanna Wynn, MBA, MSN, RN, affiliate vice president and chief nursing officer. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and incredible source of pride for Passavant. Our repeated achievements underscore the foundation of excellence and values that drive our employees to meet the healthcare needs of those we serve.”

Passavant first achieved Magnet status in 2009, followed by redesignation in 2014. Only 3 percent of healthcare organizations nationwide have achieved Magnet status three times.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is often a factor in the public’s opinion of healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of patient care. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as 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 rates; higher job satisfaction among nurses; and higher nurse retention

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. The foundation of the model comprises elements necessary to delivering superior patient care. These include nursing leadership and coordination, collaboration across specialties and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. Using this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The designation process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
“Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care and inspires every member of the Passavant team to achieve excellence every day,” said Harry Schmidt, president and chief executive officer. “This latest Magnet recognition follows a more than 140-year legacy of providing progressive healthcare to our community. I applaud each member of the nursing team and thank our employees, physicians and leadership for working together to achieve our redesignation.”

About Passavant Area Hospital:
Passavant Area Hospital, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, has been providing healthcare services to residents of Morgan, Cass, Scott, Brown, and Greene counties in West Central Illinois since 1875. Passavant is licensed for 131 beds, is staffed by more than 950 full and part-time employees and has an active medical staff of 70 physicians. Passavant is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the American Hospital Association and the Illinois Hospital Association. *

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program:
The Magnet Recognition Program is the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world. The Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. To learn more and view current statistics, visit