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Mission Hospital earns Magnet distinction

The certification places the hospital among the top 15 percent in the country

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: July 02, 2012 11:05 AM

Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo has received Magnet accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its excellence in nursing services and programs. The certification is considered the highest honor in nursing practice for hospitals, according to the medical center.

“Magnet Recognition is a symbol of the hospital’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of patient care,” said Linda Johnson, vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer for Mission Hospital, with locations in both Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. “It took tremendous teamwork and collaboration amongst all staff to achieve this recognition.”

The distinction comes at an auspicious time; the hospital is participating in the 100th Jubilee celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, recognizing the order’s founding in 1912. Mission Hospital is part of the St. Joseph Health System.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) determines Magnet recognition, according to a strict set of standards for nursing and patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program is considered the top standard for nursing excellence. The application period for the program includes a rigorous evaluation process, requiring documentation, an on-site review and demonstrated quality of care. Mission Hospital notes that Magnet recognition is included among the ranking criteria for the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

Mission Hospital has become the second medical center in the St. Joseph Health System to earn this recognition. St. Joseph Hospital in Orange earned the distinction for its own nursing excellence in 2007.

The recent Magnet certification brings the roster of Orange County Magnet hospitals to five, including CHOC Children’s in Orange, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

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