Good Samaritan recently learned they were selected to participate in an
international clinical study, Magnet4Europe. This initiative is a randomized
trial funded by the European commission to redesign hospital workplaces
to improve employee wellbeing and mental health, retention of physicians
and nurses, and patient safety and outcomes. The workplace interventions
are guided by the Magnet principles.
Magnet status is a designation given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing
Center (ANCC) to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to
measure nursing excellence. This badge of honor is steadfast proof of
hard-earned commitment to excellence in health care, with gratified nurses
at heart. Good Samaritan has received the Magnet honor three times, most
recently in 2018, and is the only hospital in Southwestern Indiana to
receive this designation three times in a row.
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a
factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News &
World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals”
includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality inpatient
care. Currently, there are only 461 Magnet organizations in the United
States out of more than 6,000 total hospitals in the U.S., placing Good
Samaritan in the top 8% of hospitals in the country. There is only one
hospital in Europe that has received Magnet recognition.
“Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care here at Good
Samaritan and inspires every team member to achieve excellence daily,”
said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “It is this commitment to providing
our community with high-quality care that sets us apart from other organizations
and it is why we are excited to improve health care even more by participating
To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous
and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership
and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient
care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on
Magnet Recognition. Only those organizations with Magnet designation were
considered for Magnet4Europe.
Magnet4Europe will be a collaboration between 60 U.S. hospitals and 60
European hospitals to determine if the Magnet framework is feasible, effective
and sustainable in Europe in improving care, quality and safety, patient
satisfaction, and workforce outcomes. An award of four million Euros from
the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program will fund the initiative.
In concurrence with this initiative, Good Samaritan will participate in
the U.S. Study of Clinician Wellbeing and Patient Outcomes. The study
will be the first large-scale evaluation of the mental health and wellbeing
of hospital nurses and physicians in the United States. The study will
also determine the value of positive work environments for clinician wellbeing,
and patient safety and quality of care.
“This is an amazing opportunity of great magnitude for an organization
like Good Samaritan,” said Rachel Spalding, Good Samaritan CNO.
“We have the power to change health care internationally and deliver
on our promise of providing world-class care.”
This initiative began in January 2020, aligning with 2020 being the International
Year of the Nurse and Midwife as designated by the World Health Organization.