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Craig Hospital Granted Fourth Magnet® Designation, Ensuring Status Until 2025

Craig is the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital to receive the prestigious designation four consecutive times.

Englewood, Colo. — Craig Hospital was granted recognition as a Magnet-designated organization for the fourth consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Craig was recognized for nine exemplars, including safety and infection prevention measures as well as nurse call responsiveness, courtesy and respect, careful listening, and patient-centered care. ANCC Magnet also recognized Craig for cultural indicators that set Craig apart, including:

  • a culture of excellence driving all decisions within the organization,
  • powerful patient- and family-centered care and its concepts guiding all care at Craig,
  • strong interprofessional partnerships in delivery of care among all levels and in all areas,
  • highly visible leadership team to staff, families, patients and the community,
  • "can do" attitude and innovation permeating the culture in the organization,
  • organizational commitment to certification and education and an excellent rate of BSN nurses at 90 percent,
  • mature and vibrant shared governance structure throughout the organization,
  • a commitment of the interprofessional team to the continuity of care through team-based practice, and
  • a strong organizational commitment to patient safety and quality of care.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, 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.

A group of Craig Hospital nurses eagerly awaited the news during a scheduled call from the Magnet Commission Wednesday morning. When the Magnet Commission made the announcement, cheers could be heard throughout the hospital.

Craig Hospital was first designated as a Magnet organization in 2005 and then again in 2010 and 2015. The 2020 recognition ensures Magnet designation until the year 2025. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. The designation represents sustained and demonstrated patient care outcomes that are a result of superior nursing and interdisciplinary care.

“Magnet re-designation is a vigorous process that becomes more difficult with each consecutive five-year application," said Diane Reinhard, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Craig. "We're honored to achieve Magnet recognition once again for excellence and achievements in nursing and patient care at Craig. Our nurses continue to raise the bar within the brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation specialty, and this designation is a testament to their passion and dedication to our patients and excellence in nursing."