Magnet Nursing Designation
Inova Loudoun Hospital has for a second time received the prestigious Magnet designation, the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence, conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Inova Loudoun Hospital was recertified in October 2011. (Read the media release.) Only 5 percent of the 6,000 hospitals in the United States have earned this designation. Inova Loudoun Hospital is one of 3 Inova hospitals designated as Magnet facilities, joined by Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Hospitals applying for magnet status must meet demanding criteria, including benchmarks in nursing leadership, excellence in patient care, quality clinical standards and a commitment to continued quality review and improvement. The benefits to patients include improved medical outcomes, shorter in-hospital stays and lower mortality rates.
According to the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, "Recognizing quality patient care and nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive."