AKRON: Cleveland Clinic Akron General has once again attained Magnet® recognition, the highest international honor for professional nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
This marks the third consecutive Magnet designation for Akron General, having also earned it in 2013 and 2018.
Akron General is one of 37 Magnet hospitals in Ohio. Just over 600 organizations internationally have earned this designation. The program provides a roadmap to ensuring and advancing nursing excellence and helps attract and retain the best nursing personnel by including them as key partners in patients’ healthcare experiences.
“Magnet Recognition is the gold standard for patients, their families and the community to assess the quality of care they can expect at any hospital,” said Julie Fetto, interim chief nursing officer, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., NE-BC. “Achieving this recognition for the third consecutive time is a real accomplishment and is the direct result of the hard work and dedication shown every day by the nurses, and all caregivers, at Akron General.”
In addition to Akron General, nine other Cleveland Clinic hospitals have achieved Magnet status – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Avon Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Main Campus, Marymount Hospital and South Pointe Hospital.
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that involves participation from leadership and staff. Hundreds of Akron General caregivers participated in the Magnet site visit in April to evaluate the hospital’s quality and collaboration and validate its commitment to excellence in nursing care.