CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler achieve Magnet recognition

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler were all recently awarded Magnet status. Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is awarded by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. 

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center is the first non-profit health care facility in San Antonio to achieve this honor.

This is the third magnet designation for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth, as they received recognition in 2007 and 2012.

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler received recognition for all its included entities, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is the only health care provider in the region to hold this designation.

A Magnet hospital is one where nursing delivers excellent patient outcomes, where nurses have a high level of job satisfaction, and where there is a low staff nurse turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. Many hospitals and medical organizations do not meet the criteria necessary to apply for magnet recognition, as it is one of the most difficult statuses to achieve. 

Once accepted for application, a hospital spends the 24-to-36-month application process gathering and producing the necessary submission documents, which the ANCC only accepts four times a year. During the Magnet site survey, appraisers from the ANCC verify, clarify, and amplify the information in the document. They meet with nurses and leaders across the organization, touring patient care areas and interviewing nurses about the work environment and nursing culture. The appraisers hold round table meetings for feedback from nurses on topics such as leadership, staffing, evidence-based practice, ethics, innovation in nursing and retention and recruitment.