The nursing program at two Roanoke hospitals operated by Carilion Clinic has been awarded a top designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Receiving the Magnet status from the center is “the gold standard for nursing programs,” Carilion president and CEO Nancy Agee said in a statement.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital have now achieved the status three times.
The designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
“Recognition is a testament of the quality of our patient care and the incredible passion for nursing shown by so many different people from many departments and levels within our organization,” Agee said.
There are 391 health care facilities that have achieved Magnet status, including 15 in Virginia, according to the ANCC website.
As part of the Magnet program, facilities must seek recertification every four years as part of an extensive review and inspection.
“The real work is on the front lines, and the real care that we deliver is on the front lines and that’s really why we’re being certified once again,” Carilion Clinic chief nursing executive Carolyn Webster said.