MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Achieves Magnet Redesignation

The Recognition is the Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence in the Country

 

BALTIMORE—(August 23, 2018)— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has earned Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet Recognition Program – the highest level of recognition a nursing program can achieve in the United States. Only three percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned the honor.

The Magnet designation honors medical facilities with the highest standards of patient care and innovation. Only six percent of hospitals nationwide, or less than 500, have achieved it. Only five other hospitals in Maryland are Magnet hospitals.

During an amplified phone call in the hospital’s Kotzen auditorium, Brian Selig, vice-chair of the nurse magnet designation for the commission, informed an audience of nurses that a survey revealed visible and trusted nursing leadership at MedStar Franklin Square. Additionally, he cited the family-oriented hospital culture, commitment to quality and interdisciplinary teamwork, combined with a strong reputation that keeps nurses working at the hospital for decades. 

Pictured: Maureen McCausland, Debbie Kisner, and Samuel Moskowitz

“The data that you provided outperformed your vendor's national benchmark one-hundred percent of the time for all eight quarters. Some really exceptional work there,” he said.

“Patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center should know the care they receive is rated among the highest in the country,” said Debbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC the hospital’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. “This is the third time MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been honored with this designation and we know it’s because of the hard work, great attitude, and professionalism of our nurses. We are so proud to be ranked among the most elite hospitals in the country for our nursing standards.”

“It’s virtually impossible to achieve magnet status without a team, and I think that is what distinguishes MedStar Franklin Square: the richness of the collaboration and the teamwork,” said Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at MedStar Health.”

The designation also confirms MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s approach to treating nursing as an integral part of the patient experience, with nurses at the hospital supported, guided and respected in their career path.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation. The hospital received its initial designation in 2008, something only five percent of U.S. hospitals and two others in Maryland had achieved at the time.

To be redesignated twice is a rare accomplishment.

Hospitals are rigorously evaluated during the Magnet designation process, submitting significant paperwork to document nursing excellence and hosting ANCC Magnet representatives for an on-site review.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

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MedStar Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2016 Nurses of the Year

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Honor Nurses during Annual Nurses Week Celebration

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MedStar Franklin Square's 2016 Nurse of the Year Patricia Walker, RN, ICU

Baltimore—(May 13, 2016)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals named their 2016 Nurses of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the knowledge, skill and compassion of the entire nursing team, who deliver quality and innovative patient care every day.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals paid tribute to nurses during the annual National Nurses Week celebrations held May 6 to 12. Nursing’s top honor was given to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice and raising the bar on patient care.

MedStar Health thanks the 2016 Nurses of the Year, and all of its nurses, for the high level of service and dedication they provide day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of its patients, their families and the communities it serves.

Congratulations to the following 2016 Nurse of the Year recipients:

  • Patricia Walker, RN, ICU, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Leila Ignacio-Macale, RN, ICU, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • Darla Crews, RN, Orthopaedics/Pediatrics Unit, MedStar Harbor
  • Linda Young, RN, Cardiovascular Recovery, MedStar Union Memorial  

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

 

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC Selected into Prestigious American Academy of Nursing Fellowship

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Baltimore—(June 15, 2015)—Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, director of Nursing Research and Magnet at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) — one of the highest honors in the field of nursing.

Recognized for her leadership and commitment to continuous education, research and policy, Dr. Warren joins approximately 2,200 of her peers in the Academy’s prestigious fellowship. Comprised of nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research; and representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries; the Academy’s fellows are tasked with the responsibility of transforming America's health system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments
  • Integrating mental and physical health
  • Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally and internationally

Selection into the fellowship requires evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well being of all.

“We are very proud of Dr. Warren for earning this well-deserved honor,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square. “During her 34-year career as a nurse, she has raised the standards of nursing practice. She’s made significant contributions to advancing the nursing workforce, not only within the walls of our hospital, but on a state and national level as well.”

In her 10-year tenure at MedStar Franklin Square, Dr. Warren has played a fundamental role in the hospitals Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her mentorship of nurses and program development also culminated in the hospital earning elite status as the first community hospital in the state of Maryland to receive re-designation.

Working with the State of Maryland, Dr. Warren has established programs and partnerships with other hospitals and schools to help fellow nurses engage in education and research. Her involvement was instrumental in the funding of a 10-year, $125 million statewide competitive grant initiative, designed to promote educational development in support of increasing the number and quality of nurses prepared to practice in acute care hospitals. Additionally, her policy work was vital in the development of a statewide nurse residency program collaborative among 18 Maryland hospitals.

Nationally, Dr. Warren is known as a leader in the field of nursing professional development. She serves as President of the Association for Nursing Professional Development, and is recognized across the country for her publications and more than 50 podium presentations addressing the translation of evidence into practice, healthcare reviews to guide continuing education research, and the transformation of health care through innovation.

She has received various awards, both regionally and nationally, including the 2013 GEM Award for Education and Mentoring by Nurse.com, and the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation by the Maryland Patient Safety Commission. Most recently, she was named a 2015 “Top Nurse” by Baltimore magazine.

Dr. Warren will be inducted as a fellow during the Academy’s 2015 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Franklin Square, click here.

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

About the American Academy of Nursing 

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care. 

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MedStar Franklin Square Names 2015 Nurse of the Year

 NurseoftheYearSQBaltimore, MD - (May 8, 2014) - MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is pleased to honor its 850 nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The American Nurses Association set the theme of this year’s observance, “Ethical practice. Quality care.” Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, says, "MedStar Franklin Square nurses demonstrate ethical practice and quality care each and every day through our commitment to Magnet, creating a safe and high reliability organization, and by creating a collaborative, respectful, and professional work environment where nurses want to work."

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is proud to recognize individual nurses for their hard work and dedication in the field of nursing during an annual Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony. Nominations are accepted for nurses in one of several service lines and areas of the hospital. A winner from each area is selected, and then one extraordinary nurse is chosen as Nurse of the Year. Pictured is the 2015 Nurse of the Year, Melissa Miller, from the Tower 1 unit. The full list of nurses recognized at this year’s ceremony includes:  

Community Health and Ambulatory Services
Debbie Kavanagh, Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Behavioral Health Services
Ashley Beck, 2SB

Medicine Services
Melissa Miller, Tower 1

Emergency Services
Michelle Patrylak-Quint, Emergency Department

Oncology Services
Erica Axilrod, 4SB

Supplemental Staff
Eugenio Saavedra, Internal Registry

Surgical Services
Lisa Capri, OR

Women’s & Children’s Services
Dominic Petrovia, NICU

Distinguished Nurse in a Support Role
Carol DelaCruz, Tower 2 Educator

Outstanding Nurse in a Leadership Role
Amy Alsante, Tower 1 Nurse Manager

Nursing Innovation Award
Alysia Barber, Pediatrics

"To our nurses I say thank you for your leadership,  your compassion, and your commitment to ethical practice and quality nursing care," Larry Strassner said in a message to nurses. "Thank you for the difference you make each and every day in the lives of our patients and their families. And thank you for your dedication to your colleagues and one another as an essential and contributing member of the MedStar Franklin Square care team. I am honored and proud to serve you in my role as chief nursing officer."

Learn more about nursing at MedStar Franklin Square

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

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MedStar Health Nurses Recognized as Top in Region by Baltimore Magazine

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Baltimore—(April 15, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce nine of its Baltimore hospital nurses have been recognized as the region’s top nurses by Baltimore magazine’s inaugural “Excellence in Nursing” 2015 survey.

In the first annual “Excellence in Nursing” survey, Baltimore magazine solicited nominations from peers, supervisors and patients of registered nurses, who represent the finest in their field. To arrive at the results of the survey, a panel of RN advisors, appointed by the Maryland Nurses Association and major local hospitals, reviewed nominations and selected the top candidates under 18 different nursing specialties.

The following nurses, covering a variety of specialties, from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, were named 2015 top nurses by Baltimore magazine:

Cardiovascular
Natalie Droski, RN, MedStar Franklin Square
Betheen Weed, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Community Care/Ambulatory Care
Susan Haskell, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Nurse Education
Carol Esche, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Intensive Care
Nicole Henninger, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Medical-Surgical Nursing
Ashley Wells, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Orthopaedics
Stacie Roles, RN, MedStar Union Memorial

Research
Joan Warren, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

School Health
Calvert Moore, RN, MedStar Harbor


The winners were announced at a reception at The Center Club on April 14, and are featured in the May issue of Baltimore magazine, now on stands.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals Name 2014 Nurse of the Year

nursingBaltimore—(June 17, 2014) — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals have named their 2014 Nurse of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the dedication, commitment and passion of the entire MedStar Health nursing team. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital will also honor the tradition of naming a Nurse of the Year in November.

MedStar Health values its nursing team for the dedication and service they provide to patient care every day. It’s through the commitment of skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate nurses, who champion for patients during the most vulnerable moments of their lives, that nursing excellence rises to the top. MedStar Health recognizes the role nurses have in the patient experience and ensuring quality outcomes.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor acknowledged their nurses during their annual Nurses Week celebrations in May. Nursing’s top honor was awarded to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice. Congratulations to the 2014 Nurse of the Year recipients:

  • Ashley Wells, RN, Charge Nurse, Surgical Unit, MedStar Franklin Square
    With the respect and admiration of her team, Wells is referred to by her peers as a role model charge nurse and transformational leader. She uses a proactive approach to provide structure, balance and consistency within the unit. Wells encourages a culture of safety and is engaged in every aspect of quality on the unit and in the organization. Dedicated to improving outcomes and enhancing the patient experience, Wells seizes opportunities to improve her practice and approach, while also providing support and mentorship to both new and seasoned staff.
  • Megan Van Hoy, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Good Samaritan
    Van Hoy exemplifies the definition of what a nurse should be, giving 100 percent to her patients and their families, as well as her peers, each and every day. She is described as a nurse who listens to patients’ concerns and responds efficiently and effectively. As a charge nurse, she makes sure that not only the needs of patients are met but she anticipates the needs of the family as well. Van Hoy embraces change and innovation and is not afraid to speak up and suggest ways to improve patient care.
  • Amanda Rothenbecker, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Harbor
    Rothenbecker’s peers describe her as professional, respectful, inspirational; her patients describe her as dedicated, compassionate, timely. Though these words are used to describe most nurses, Rothenbecker sets herself apart by effortlessly living each of these traits day in and day out. As a charge nurse, she exhibits the qualities of a natural leader with a strong commitment to excellence. She provides calming guidance in difficult situations, encourages teamwork towards innovative solutions, and refocuses efforts to meet the needs of those around her. Through her work on the Clinical Advancement Council and continuing education, Rothenbecker is committed to professional development in order to advance her career to become a nurse practitioner.

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (medstargoodsam.org) is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. 

About MedStar Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar Franklin Square to Host “Journey to Magnet® Excellence” Workshop, Encourages Peers to Commit to Quality Nursing Practice

quality nursingBaltimore—(March 5, 2014)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, a Magnet® designated hospital, will host the “Journey to Magnet® Excellence” workshop on Wednesday, June 18 to Friday, June 20, 2014. Recognized for its quality of nursing practice and adherence to national standards, MedStar Franklin Square is encouraging its peers to commit to excellence in nursing, exemplified by Magnet® recognition.

Produced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Credentialing Knowledge Center™, the Journey to Magnet® Excellence” workshop will help organizations better understand how to achieve Magnet recognition. This two-day workshop will guide participants through the basics of the Magnet® journey. Using material from the new 2014 Magnet® Application Manual, participants will:

• Examine the application process for Magnet® designation
• Explore the Magnet® Model, including the structure, purpose and evolution
• Identify the five components of the Model, as they relate to professional nursing practice
• Develop tips for effective written documentation and data display
• Understand the role of critical thinking, creativity and innovation in transforming nursing practice
• Earn up to 21.25 contact hours for successfully completing this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity

The ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes written documentation of numerous areas of nursing practice excellence, as well as extensive interviews and on-site review of nursing services. It is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

Initially designated in 2008, MedStar Franklin Square joined an elite group of only five percent of U.S. hospitals and the third in Maryland to achieve Magnet® designation by the Magnet® Recognition Program. In July 2013, MedStar Franklin Square became the first community teaching hospital in Maryland to earn redesignation. Today, only 401 hospitals in the U.S. are Magnet® designated.

“It is an honor to be one of the few recipients of the nation’s most coveted nursing award,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president for operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square. “We encourage nurses everywhere, not just at MedStar Franklin Square, to embody the same dedication we have to nursing excellence. It is a privilege that patients put their care in our hands, it is our duty to hold our practice accountable to the highest national standards.”

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is First Community Teaching Hospital in Maryland to Earn Magnet Redesignation

nursingBaltimore—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. As the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation, this unprecedented recognition demonstrates MedStar Franklin Square’s quality of nursing practice and adherence to national standards.

“On behalf of the hospital Board, the medical staff and the entire senior management team, it is an honor to be a part of a redesignated magnet facility,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, President of MedStar Franklin Square. “We could not have had the success that we have attained in quality and patient safety without the partnership between our medical staff and the 800 nurses that call MedStar Franklin Square home.”

Deborah T. Zimmermann, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANCC chair, commended MedStar Franklin Square as she announced their redesignation, identifying four standards of excellence to be exemplified as models for the entire country.

• Nursing professional development
• Health care needs of the community
• Workplace safety
• Development and expansion of nursing research

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes written documentation of numerous areas of nursing practice excellence, as well as extensive interviews and on-site review of nursing services. It is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

“We committed, we focused and we achieved,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president for operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square.

MedStar Franklin Square received their initial designation in 2008, joining an elite group of only five percent of U.S. hospitals and the third in Maryland to achieve Magnet designation. Valid for four years, their Magnet redesignation, announced July 15, is the first to be achieved by a Maryland community teaching hospital.

Click here to learn more about Magnet designation.

 

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

About ANCC

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz 
410-554-2781
[email protected]