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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Receives Magnet® Recognition

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 29, 2014 – New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) announced today it has received national recognition for excellence in nursing for the second consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Considered the gold standard, Magnet® Recognition designation is the highest recognition for nursing excellence, with less than eight percent of hospitals in the United States having received the designation.

“Earning Magnet redesignation is a tremendous achievement for NYEE and an incredible source of pride for our nurses,” said James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, President of NYEE and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “It is an honor that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of our entire staff and reinforces the core values of our institution and the Mount Sinai Health System as whole.”  Earlier this year, The Mount Sinai Hospital was honored with this recognition for the third time, with Mount Sinai Queens, the Queens campus of The Mount Sinai Hospital, included in the designation.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its initial recognition.

“Since its beginnings in 1820, nurses have been a vital part of the NYEE’s commitment to providing quality specialty care,” said Sonja Tennaro, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, NYEE. “With this second designation as a Magnet-recognized organization, the credential demonstrates the nursing staff’s commitment to excellence in nursing satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and clinical performance.”

Research shows that Magnet hospitals offer benefits to the communities and patients they serve. Magnet facilities consistently outperform others in recruiting and retaining quality nurses. Hospitals with Magnet status have lower 30-day mortality rates and improved patient satisfaction scores with nurse communication.

NYEE was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2009. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

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