Spaulding Hospital Cambridge Achieves Prestigious Magnet Nursing Designation for First Time
Becomes second post-acute care hospital to receive Magnet accreditation
Cambridge, MA – After a several-year journey, Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care Cambridge is proud to announce it has achieved Magnet accreditation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. Spaulding Hospital Cambridge becomes the second post-acute hospital and the first Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) level hospital in New England to earn the distinction, joining a select group of just 9.4 percent of hospitals nationwide.
“To earn this distinction took the commitment by every member of Spaulding. Over the entire process our incredible team kept a focus on achieving the highest standards in patient care and quality by fostering a culture of excellence. We are so proud of Spaulding Hospital Cambridge to be a trail blazer with this recognition by raising the appreciation of long-term acute care,” said Joanne Fucile, RN, DNP, CRRN, NEA-BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer Spaulding Rehabilitation, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge.
The Commission on Magnet Recognition voted unanimously to approve the designation. Magnet recognition is the gold standard for excellence in patient care and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from staff and leadership. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
“Through all levels of Spaulding led by Joanne and her team, there was an unwavering focus on the Magnet journey. This designation reinforces the critical role for LTAC level care in the healthcare field and sets Spaulding apart as a leader. I congratulate our staff that made this tremendous achievement possible,” said Ross Zafonte, DO, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation.
Health care organizations applying for Magnet recognition must demonstrate an adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrate improvements in patient care and quality. A key component is investing in staff, particularly nursing, to provide pathways to improve career opportunities through research, education, advancement and support. Spaulding as part of its Magnet journey launched new initiatives to supporting Nursing led clinical research, broader education and clinical ladder outreach as well as expanded mentoring programs for nurses. Spaulding Hospital Cambridge joins Spaulding Cape Cod in achieving this status, which is part of the broader Magnet journey ahead with plans for other Spaulding clinical sites in the near future.
Research shows that Magnet-recognized organizations demonstrate better patient outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. As a Magnet-recognized organization, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is making a significant contribution to the community by keeping patients healthy and safe.
To learn more about the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program visit nursingworld.org/magnet.
About Spaulding Rehabilitation
A member of the Mass General Brigham Health System, Spaulding Rehabilitation includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, with a main campus in Charlestown the 3rd ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report, along with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton, and over 25 outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. An acclaimed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and home to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding is recognized as a top residency program in the U.S. in the Doximity Residency Navigator. Spaulding also was recognized by the 2022 Disability Equality Index as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” For more information, visit www.spauldingrehab.org.