Southwestern Vermont Medical Center earns magnet designation again
BENNINGTON – On Friday, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center was designated a “magnet hospital for nursing excellence” by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for a third time.
The hospital in Bennington is one of 30 in the world and the third in New England to earn the designation which was first awarded in 2002 and renewed in 2006. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center was the first magnet hospital in Vermont.
Fewer than 400 hospitals in the country are magnet hospitals.
Magnet status is awarded after a review of characteristics like quality, autonomy and innovative thinking and practices. The strength of the relationship and communication among nurses and other health care providers is also a factor.
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, independently-sponsored research shows that magnet hospitals consistently perform better in areas such as shorter hospital stays for patients, delivering better patient outcomes and recording higher rates of patient satisfaction than those hospitals that don’t have the designation.
“I am very proud and excited about the news of our Magnet designation. ,,, To receive the designation once is a remarkable achievement. (The hospital’s) staff has now achieved magnet designation three times. This truly raises us to another level of excellence,” said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of the hospital, in a statement.