Good Samaritan to Participate in the Largest International Study to Date

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 in Magent4Europe.”

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.

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