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Lutheran Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition


Wheat Ridge, CO - Lutheran Medical Center has achieved the prestigious Magnet recognition as a demonstration of its commitment to nursing professionalism in a collaborative, inter-professional culture. The Magnet Recognition® Program, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and are able to consistently deliver excellence in patient care.

Lutheran also received additional recognition in the form of seven Magnet Exemplar accolades. Magnet® Exemplars are stories that highlight excellence in nursing practice with positive outcomes. They showcase nurses' contributions to high quality and patient-centered care. Being recognized as exemplars in seven different inpatient and outpatient categories means that Lutheran has outperformed the majority of other organizations through these outstanding examples of best practice.

“Earning Magnet recognition is an honor that reaffirms Lutheran’s distinct culture that values the integral role that nurses play in caring for our community every day,” said Andrea Burch, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Lutheran. “This can only be achieved through the intentional development of an empowered, healthy nursing work environment. We have always believed that Lutheran’s nurses are among the highest quality in our profession and this recognition reinforces that belief.”

Lutheran joins the global Magnet community - a select group including just 8 percent of domestic health care organizations out of more than 6,200 hospitals in the U.S. Lutheran is now one of only 12 Magnet designated hospitals in Colorado.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and the communities they serve including improved patient safety, higher patient satisfaction and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

“Magnet designation is an impressive and important distinction for our organization and associates as well as the communities we serve, said Grant Wicklund, President and CEO at Lutheran. “Our entire team can be proud of this historic distinction.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. To achieve Magnet accreditation, Lutheran passed a rigorous and lengthy process that required widespread participation from every discipline and across every level of the organization. The process included submission of an electronic application, written patient care documentation, a virtual site visit and review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Lutheran’s journey to Magnet status took place over several years - during which they achieved Pathway to Excellence designation - and involved associates and leaders at every level. The Lutheran Medical Center Foundation also contributed funding to help them reach this goal.

About Lutheran Medical Center
Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, 338-bed acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, CO. Local and national ratings organizations regularly recognize Lutheran for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.

Lutheran’s premier services include a birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Cancer Centers of Colorado, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center. Lutheran operations include West Pines, Lutheran Hospice, and the Spine Center at Denver West. Lutheran received Healthgrades “America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award” in 2018, 2019 and 2020, placing it among the top 1 percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence. To learn more, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit: https://bit.ly/2ZzQYQ4.

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.v