April 2000

St. Francis in Trenton recognized for excellence in nursing

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has awarded its Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services designation to St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J., for continued exemplary nursing leadership and quality patient care. St. Francis is the first Catholic Health Initiatives market-based organization, and one of only 17 facilities nationwide, to receive the honor.

The credentialing of hospitals based on nursing care began in the 1980s, when nursing groups discovered that nurses were more easily recruited and retained at "magnet hospitals," where they had more time with patients and more control over resources. St. Francis achieved magnet status through a process that evaluated its nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery as defined by the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators and as outlined by the Congress of Nursing Practice of the American Nurses Association.

"This honor is testimony to the public about the level of care they receive when they choose St. Francis," said Judy Persichilli, president and chief executive officer. "A key reason for our high quality of care is our superlative nursing staff."