Old Bridge Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center achieve Magnet designation 5 consecutive times

Hackensack Meridian Health announced that two of its facilities, Old Bridge Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center, achieved a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the fifth consecutive time.

The distinguished Magnet Recognition Program is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence, with just 9.4% of hospitals in the U.S. receiving this designation.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to transforming the way health care is delivered, and our nurses are integral in our mission to deliver compassionate, high-quality care to the communities we serve,” Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “This Magnet designation is an outstanding achievement for Old Bridge and Raritan Bay medical centers, and I congratulate our world-class team members who continue to elevate the standard of care for our patients each day.”

The Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet arduous standards for nursing excellence.

The program focuses on advancing three goals within each Magnet organization: promoting quality in a setting that supports professional practice; identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients; and disseminating “best practices” in nursing services.

“Our nurses are essential in enhancing the patient experience, improving patient outcomes and delivering excellent, compassionate care,” Patricia Carroll, president and chief hospital executive, Raritan Bay Medical Center and Old Bridge Medical Center, said. “The dedication, expertise and commitment of our team members is unparalleled and ensures that every patient receives the care and support they need throughout their health care journey.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to setting a high standard of care in New Jersey and beyond, and our nurses continue to set a high bar,” Regina Foley, executive vice president, chief nursing executive and chief clinical transformation & integration officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “This recognition underscores our incredible nursing team’s dedication to the patients and communities we serve, and we look forward to continuing to deliver excellent care.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and team members. This process includes an electronic application, a written document, a virtual or on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how team members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.