Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center receives prestigious Magnet recognition

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2019

Novant Health is pleased to announce that four hospitals in its greater Winston-Salem market — including Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center — have recently received Magnet status, a significant honor for nursing programs. These programs have been recognized for excellence and quality in nursing care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Clemmons Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital each achieved the elite designation. Only 8% of hospitals nationwide are recognized as Magnet hospitals.

This year marks Clemmons Medical Center’s first recognition as a separate campus under Forsyth Medical Center’s designation.

“Receiving Magnet recognition in our first year of eligibility as a separate medical center campus is a tremendous achievement for Clemmons Medical Center,” said Heather King, chief nursing officer at Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center. “This a testament to the hard work of all of our nursing teams and also to Novant Health’s commitment to nurses. It also shows our community as well as nurses throughout the region that Clemmons Medical Center cares about providing the highest quality of nursing care to our patients and families.”

This is Forsyth Medical Center’s fourth time achieving the distinction, an achievement that underscores a continued commitment to meet the healthcare needs of patients and the local community. Kernersville Medical Center and Medical Park Hospital joined Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center’s Magnet designation as additional campuses in 2014 and each earned renewal this year.

“Earning Magnet recognition has been a great source of pride for our nurses and our hospitals since Forsyth Medical Center became one of the first 100 hospitals in the country to achieve this distinction back in 2004,” said Janet Bright, vice president and chief nursing officer for Novant Health’s greater Winston-Salem market. “Having our Magnet designation renewed is a reflection of our wonderful nursing teams and showcases our organization’s dedication to the patients and families who benefit every day from our outstanding care delivery.”

Published research has shown that hospitals with Magnet recognition have positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the workplace. Patients receiving care at Magnet recognized hospitals have been recorded as experiencing lower mortality rates and greater satisfaction during their stay and are able to go home sooner.

This news of Magnet recognition comes on the heels of Novant Health’s recent announcement of a significant $181.4 million community investment toward Forsyth Medical Center.

Novant Health’s Magnet journey in greater Winston-Salem market

Forsyth Medical Center’s division of nursing started the journey toward achieving Magnet recognition in 1999. In January 2004, Forsyth Medical Center became the 94th Magnet hospital in the United States and the first Magnet designated facility in the Novant Health system.

Novant Health’s hospitals in the greater Charlotte market are up for system redesignation this year. Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center is slated for redesignation in 2020. In all, ANCC has conferred Magnet recognition to the nursing programs at eight Novant Health campuses.