The nurses at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery have received a national recognition.
The nursing program received a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction held by less than seven percent of U.S. hospitals, LewisGale officials said in a recent announcement.
“This is the highest national honor for nursing excellence, and I am very proud of the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery nurses who work tirelessly each and every day to provide exceptional patient care,” Loressa Cole, chief nursing officer, said in a prepared statement.
The designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
There are 391 health care facilities that have achieved Magnet status, including 15 in Virginia, according to the ANCC website. As part of the program, facilities must seek recertification every four years as part of an extensive review and inspection.
This is the second time the nursing program at the Blacksburg hospital has received the designation.
“It’s this focus on outcomes that has provided a significant opportunity to highlight our staff’s excellence,” said Alan Fabian, CEO of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “To be redesignated is truly a testament to the efforts of our staff and our organization’s continued commitment to providing quality care.”