Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills and Beaumont Hospital, Taylor, have achieved the highest honor for nursing excellence through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet was created in 1990 to recognize health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
The ANCC presented the designation to both hospitals, March 17.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the ANCC with Magnet status,” said Kim Guesman, registered nurse, chief nursing officer for Beaumont, Farmington Hills. “This designation recognizes the dedication, resilience and clinical excellence demonstrated by the entire nursing staff throughout the past three years while also battling a pandemic that changed the look of health care.”
Helena Hardin, registered nurse, chief nursing officer for Beaumont, Taylor added, “To earn Magnet designation is a great accomplishment and source of pride for our nurses. It recognizes the incredible hard work of every single team member and emphasizes the excellence they strive for every day. We have succeeded with the contributions of each person who put their absolute heart and soul into this. They deserve every bit of this honor. I am so proud of our team.”
Five Beaumont hospitals now have earned Magnet designation: Beaumont, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Taylor and Troy.
“In the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, Beaumont’s nursing teams continued to focus on nursing excellence and commitment to quality and safety,” said Susan Grant, registered nurse, Beaumont Health executive vice president and chief nursing officer. “Our nurses and patient care teams are extraordinary. Achieving Magnet designation validates all they do every day to serve our patients and communities.”
Nancy Susick, registered nurse and interim president, Beaumont Health, added, “Our nursing teams are critically important to our health system and our patients. I am so proud of how our nursing teams have worked together to achieve this incredible designation. Every day, our amazing nurses serve our patients with such compassion and grace. It’s wonderful to see them achieve this prestigious recognition.”
Beaumont nurses responded to the news of Magnet designation with pride and excitement.
“Magnet means expert care from top-notch professionals,” said Sandra Bierkamp, a registered nurse at Farmington Hills.
Lisa Alvord, a registered nurse with Farmington Hills’ Endoscopy said, “I am very proud to be a nurse. The Magnet journey proves that my work is recognized, appreciated and valued by my peers and management. This achievement makes me strive to continue to provide the best care I can to my patients.”
Kyra Keener, a registered nurse and injury prevention coordinator at Beaumont, Taylor said, “Magnet is important to me because it means nurses are involved in hospital leadership. There’s a nurse on every committee, and we have the power to make decisions on how our hospital is run and the quality of patient care our patients are receiving.”
And, Kristen Cenci, a registered nurse and clinical manager with the Bone Joint Unit at Beaumont, Taylor added, “Being a Magnet hospital shows we give quality patient care. We are appreciative of our nurses and we take their opinions into account when decisions are made.”
In 2004, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak became the first hospital in Michigan to achieve Magnet status, followed by Beaumont Hospital, Troy which joined the group in 2009; Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe earned Magnet status in 2018.
The Magnet Recognition Program empowers nursing leaders around the world by providing a strategic road map that serves to improve patient outcomes.
For nursing professionals, Magnet recognition means education and development for every stage of their career to create greater autonomy at the bedside. For patients, it means receiving the very best care possible, delivered by nurses supported in their goal to become the very best they can be.
Beaumont has more Magnet designated hospitals than any other health system in Michigan.