Barnes-Jewish receives highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet® recognition for the third time

February 21, 2013

ST. LOUIS – Barnes-Jewish Hospital has once again achieved the highest recognition of nursing excellence – an honor held by only eight hospitals in Missouri. The hospital’s nursing leadership recently received word from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that Barnes-Jewish was granted Magnet® redesignation for four more years.

“We’re very proud to be honored with the ultimate credential for high quality nursing for a third time,” says Rhonda Yancey, BSN, RN, Magnet program coordinator for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “It’s a testament to the hard work our team members put forth on a daily basis and their commitment to providing the very best in patient care and experience.”

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® acknowledges quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Fewer than 400 health care organizations in the country have achieved Magnet designation. To earn the status, hospitals must meet certain standards and provide examples and data every four years.

In October 2003, Barnes-Jewish was the first adult Magnet hospital designated in the state of Missouri. The hospital then achieved redesignation in 2008.

“The profession of nursing is very visible at Barnes-Jewish and leadership values nurses’ role in multidisciplinary teams,” says Coreen Vlodarchyk, BSN, MSA, RN, BJH chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services.

According to Vlodarchyk, the ANCC highlighted three areas of excellence at Barnes-Jewish when sharing word of redesignation: the quality of nursing and nursing leadership; the incredible career paths at Barnes-Jewish and the number of team members in school; and the research in nursing care that is being recognized at a national level.

“Now, to get ready for the journey to the next redesignation is foremost, but we may take a little time to celebrate this success,” says Vlodarchyk.


Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,315 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as "Best Doctors in America." Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also consistently ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard 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 www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.


Anne Bassett
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