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Carolinas Medical Center is Granted Prestigious Magnet® Recognition - Archived
(From left to right): Chan Roush, Vice President, Central Division Operations; Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and System Chief Nurse Executive, Carolinas HealthCare System; Grace Sotomayor, MBA, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Carolinas Medical Center; and Spencer Lilly, Senior Vice President and President, Central Division, Carolinas HealthCare System.

Carolinas Medical Center, a part of Carolinas HealthCare System, has earned Magnet® designation, achieving one of the highest levels of national recognition for professional nursing services and superiority in patient care.

The recognition was granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® to Carolinas Medical Center, the Charlotte region’s largest hospital and only Level I Trauma Center. The designation demonstrates the hospital’s mission to further improve patient care, safety and satisfaction, advance nursing standards and practices, and foster a collaborative culture aimed at providing innovative, excellent care.

“We are proud of our nursing colleagues for their outstanding accomplishment and for their dedication to delivering high quality healthcare,” said Michael Tarwater, chief executive officer for Carolinas HealthCare System. “The designation is another affirmation of our commitment to a patient-centered team approach in all that we do.”

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction, lower risk of 30-day mortality, and higher job satisfaction among nurses. Fewer than 7 percent of 6,000 healthcare organizations nationwide, and only 22 medical facilities in North Carolina, have achieved Magnet designation.

“This well-deserved recognition is a true testament to the professionalism, innovation, clinical excellence and collaboration demonstrated by our 3,000 nurses at Carolinas Medical Center and their colleagues throughout the System,” said Grace Sotomayor, MBA, MSN, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nursing executive for Carolinas Medical Center. “The exemplars reported by the Commission on Magnet provide affirmation of our work, and we look forward to continue providing the best care and services in the community and in the nation.”

The ANCC conducts a thorough and lengthy review process to grant healthcare systems Magnet status. It includes comprehensive reviews of compliance with more than 100 Magnet standards, examinations of a hospital’s leadership, culture of safety and quality of nursing practice, and on-site interviews with staff, physicians, patients and community members. Magnet hospitals must pass annual reviews by the ANCC as a part of their four-year designation.

Carolinas Medical Center is the first Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in the Charlotte region to be granted Magnet Recognition. It began its application process in 2011 with support from thousands of colleagues in 18 other care locations System-wide. Currently, three other healthcare systems owned and managed by Carolinas HealthCare System have Magnet designation: Roper St. Francis Healthcare (Charleston, S.C.), AnMed Health (Anderson, S.C.) and Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.).

“The standards of the Magnet Recognition Program speak to excellence in nursing, and this is a structure that we use in all of our care locations,” said Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, senior vice president and system nurse executive for Carolinas HealthCare System. “Our System's 14,000 nurses have delivered care of the highest quality for many years, and we look forward to continue achieving national recognition for their efforts.”

U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. Carolinas Medical Center and other Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals earned 2013 U.S. News rankings for excellence in healthcare. Four System hospitals were included in the Best Hospitals list for the metro Charlotte area, and its pediatric hospital, Levine Children’s Hospital, earned national rankings in five specialties in the Best Children’s Hospitals list.