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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Receives Magnet Redesignation

Continues as one of the nation’s top hospitals for nursing excellence

Richmond, Va. (March 19, 2014) – Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has achieved Magnet redesignation for its nursing team by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), hospital officials learned today. Magnet designation is one of the most prestigious and coveted recognitions in the country that a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. With this recognition, Memorial Regional joins its sister hospital, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which received Magnet redesignation status in August 2013. The two Bon Secours hospitals are the only community hospitals in Richmond with this recognition and are among 16 hospitals across Virginia to receive Magnet recognition.

Continuing its ANCC Magnet Recognition® status reaffirms the Memorial Regional Medical Center nursing team as one of the most advanced and exceptional organizations in the country and one of three hospitals in the Richmond area to receive Magnet Recognition. The redesignation comes following document submission in April 2013. ANCC appraisers visited Memorial Regional Medical Center in January for a rigorous three-day appraisal visit with leaders and more than 400 members of the nursing staff. The appraisers’ goal was to “verify, clarify and amplify” what was written in the documents.

“Congratulations to our outstanding nursing team for their excellence and consistent compassionate care which so closely follows the mission of Bon Secours,” said Michael Robinson, CEO of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital. “This redesignation is evidence that nursing excellence is a priority for us and that we are fortunate to have the best of the best here at MRMC.”

ANCC developed the Magnet Recognition Program® as a way to differentiate hospitals and health care organizations and honor nursing excellence based on a rigorous audit process. Less than 7 percent of all registered hospitals nationwide are designated ANCC Magnet Recognition® status. According to Magnet, designated hospitals are chosen based on a solid professional environment, guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. The ANCC believes that Magnet-recognized organizations will lead the future reformation of health care; the discipline of nursing; and care of the patient, family and community.

“We are so proud to be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet hospital,” said Jill Kennedy, chief nurse executive at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. “Our nurses are at the top of their game and understand the needs of patients and families and their contributions have been enormous; they are the foundation of the great care we provide.”

Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed acute-care hospital with a full array of services and has been a Magnet-recognized organization since 2009 when it was first awarded the designation. Memorial Regional is located in Mechanicsville and serves Richmond, Hanover and Henrico counties, as well as Virginia’s Northern Neck. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital also achieved Magnet status in 2008 and Magnet redesignation in 2013.

Once an organization achieves Magnet status, they must reapply every four years and go through a lengthy data collection and review process to maintain their designation. Memorial Regional’s application for redesignation was outcome focused, using evidence of demonstrating better than the mean nurse sensitive indicator data for the majority of eight consecutive quarters ,including patient falls, urinary tract infections, central line infections and pressure ulcers among others. In addition to exceeding benchmarks, the nursing department must also demonstrate and provide evidence of empirical outcomes for a number of standards established by the ANCC. For more information about the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, visit


About Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people, including nearly 300 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.

  • Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Bon Secours Health Care Foundation

The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visit  

About the Magnet Recognition Program®

ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practices and outcomes. Research shows that surgical patients cared for in ANCC Magnet®-recognized hospitals have significantly lower odds of mortality and failure to rescue than those cared for in non-Magnet facilities.

Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of almost 5,000 hospitals in order to rank and report the best medical centers in 16 specialties. In the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the nation’s oldest survey comparing hospital performance in safety, quality, and efficiency, Magnet designation automatically earns full credit for Safe Practice #9: Nursing Workforce. This section of the survey scores hospitals on their commitment to staffing with highly trained nurses and putting nurses in leadership positions that afford them substantial input on patient safety issues.

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