Magnet Designation

Boone Health has attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for a third consecutive time. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes superior quality in nursing care as evidenced by performance outcomes. Magnet recognition is the highest honor a health care organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

With this achievement, Boone Health retains its place among a select group of 378 out of nearly 6,000 health care organizations in the nation, as one of seven Magnet hospitals in Missouri, and joins a more exclusive group of 113 (less than 1%) hospitals internationally to have achieved Magnet recognition four times.

Boone Health was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2005 and received the credential again in 2009, 2014 and 2018.

“Earning Magnet recognition the first time was a great accomplishment. The second time was an incredible source of pride for our nurses. For Boone Health to have achieved this designation for a fourth time exemplifies the exceptional level of class, competency and dignity of our nursing staff. It truly is a monumental achievement for Boone Health and for health care in Missouri,” says Monica Smith, Vice President and COO.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process requiring widespread participation from hospital leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years.

An organization that reapplies for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet program concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

The Magnet program focuses on high quality clinical care outcomes by promoting quality of care, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients and disseminating best practices in nursing care. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction and improved patient outcomes.

“Magnet recognition means high job satisfaction, autonomy in practice and high quality of care for over 500 Boone Health nurses. And being cared for by the best-trained and most qualified nurses results in higher satisfaction rates and improved outcomes for our patients,” says Linda Antal, Magnet Program Director.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. U.S. News & World Report ’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

“Achieving Magnet recognition has raised the bar for patient care and inspired our nurses to provide excellent patient and family centered care,” says staff nurse Maggie O'Laughlin. “Our commitment to providing professional, high-quality care helped Boone Hospital Center become a Magnet facility, and it’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today.”

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The Magnet Model

The Magnet Model is the roadmap for the advancement of professional nursing practice at Boone Hospital Center.  The elliptical model illustrates the basic components which must be demonstrated at a Magnet-designated organization:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements.

Magnet-designated organizations are data driven and strive to outperform national benchmarks the majority of the time for key quality, safety and satisfaction measures known as empirical outcomes.

The magnetic qualities of the professional nurses at Boone Health are illustrated throughout the pages of this 2014 Annual Report on Nursing.