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Sanford USD Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services has once again designated Sanford USD Medical Center as a Magnet hospital.

(Sioux Falls, SD) – The nurses at Sanford USD Medical Center have done it again. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services has once again designated Sanford USD Medical Center as a Magnet hospital.

“Magnet recognition is to nursing what a Lombardi trophy is to football and what a gold medal is to the Olympics,” says Charles P. O’Brien, MD, President of Sanford USD Medical Center. “To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses. To retain Magnet status for another four years really underscores the commitment of our entire staff to continually strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses.

“We’re a better institution today because of our Magnet designation four years ago,” says Diana Berkland, Chief Nurse Executive for Sanford USD Medical Center. “It raised the bar on patient care and inspired all of us – nurses, physicians, professional and support staff – to strive to be even better. That’s what enabled us to become a Magnet facility in the first place. That’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today.”

With nearly 500 beds, Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest tertiary hospital in South Dakota, serving as the primary teaching institution for the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Employing nearly 4,200 staff, Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest employer in Sioux Falls. Sanford USD Medical Center has Centers of Excellence in the following areas: heart & vascular, children's, cancer, neuroscience, trauma, orthopedics, and women's.


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