On Nov. 9, in front of a large crowd gathered in the O’Keeffe Auditorium – and watching online via a televised live stream – Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse, thanked the MGH nursing community for their concerted efforts leading up to, and during, the recent Magnet site visit.

From Nov. 6-9, four appraisers from the American Nurses Credentialing Center visited patient care areas throughout the main campus and satellite sites to verify, clarify and amplify the hospital’s written evidence submitted in June. The visit comes as part of the MGH’s effort to be redesignated as a Magnet organization, the highest honor bestowed upon health care organizations for nursing excellence.

“I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for all those leading the way in patient care,  advancing our mission and highlighting our level of collaboration,” Ives Erickson said. “The appraisers shared some really positive feedback about the interdisciplinary approach to patient care at MGH.”

The wrap-up ceremony also was an opportunity for Ives Erickson to pass the torch to successor Debbie Burke, RN, DNP, who will succeed Ives Erickson on Jan. 1, 2018.  To mark the occasion, Ives Erickson presented Burke with an official Magnet Chief Nurse pin.

In 2003, the MGH was the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet recognition. Since then –every four years – the MGH has continued to achieve Magnet status, an honor bestowed to approximately 9 percent of all registered U.S. hospitals. The MGH is expected to be updated on the status of its application in early 2018.

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