Providence Portland Medical Center honored with third magnet designation for nursing excellence

April 27, 2015

Just seven percent of the hospitals in the nation receive Magnet status, and Providence Portland Medical Center has now received that elite nursing designation for the third time.

The honor comes from The American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, which recognizes health care organizations that deliver outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Mary McFadden, Providence Portland Medical Center chief nurse executive. “And it is due to the compassionate and excellent care our nurses provide to all who walk in our doors. This is a hospital-wide honor – we could never achieve it without the interdisciplinary approach to care we take at Providence Portland Medical Center.”

The Magnet designation process includes a multi-day hospital visit by surveyors from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“The surveyors were impressed with our teamwork and strong patient-centered focus,” said McFadden. “They specifically noted our adoption of Releasing Time to Care throughout the hospital, and the commitment to ongoing learning and education by our caregivers.” Releasing Time to Care is a nurse-driven effort to improve work efficiency, allowing nurses to spend more time at the bedside of patients.

Providence Portland’s sister hospital, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, has been a Magnet facility since 2000.