Saint Joseph Hospital Achieves Magnet Recognition


Tiffany Anderson
Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Magnet recognition is the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence.

Denver, CO – June 1, 2017 – Saint Joseph Hospital recently achieved prestigious Magnet recognition as a demonstration of its commitment to nursing MagnetRecognizedprofessionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The Magnet Recognition® Program, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, distinguishes organizations that meet  rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

Saint Joseph Hospital joins the community of Magnet-recognized organizations and is now one of only ten Magnet designated hospitals in Colorado. There are currently 460 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition not only demonstrates what we have accomplished as a team — nurses, physicians, technicians, dieticians, support staff, and many others — but also confirms our commitment to excellence in taking care of our patients and each other,” said Saint Joseph Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Office Mary Shepler.

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 recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. To achieve Magnet accreditation, Saint Joseph Hospital passed a rigorous and lengthy process that required widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process included submission of an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

About Saint Joseph Hospital

Founded in Denver in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity Leavenworth, Saint Joseph Hospital was the first private hospital in Colorado. Today it is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation and largest private teaching hospital in Denver. Specializing in a variety of areas including advanced heart care, pregnancy and childbirth and cancer treatment, Saint Joseph Hospital continues to offer the high-quality, affordable health care that has served Denver for more than 140 years. By working closely with top physicians, Kaiser Permanente and National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, we able to provide some of the best inpatient and outpatient care in Colorado. Saint Joseph Hospital’s parent organization, SCL Health, is a faith-based, non-profit healthcare system that operates 11 hospitals, more than 210 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in Colorado and Montana.

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


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