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Published on May 06, 2021

Stamford Health Re-accredited Magnet Status by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

STAMFORD, CT, May 6, 2021 – Today, during National Nurses Week, Stamford Health announced it has once again been designated ANCC Magnet Recognition® status, one of the most prestigious forms of recognition a hospital can receive for nursing excellence. Stamford Hospital is among 7% nationwide and 1 of 7 in the state of Connecticut to have achieved this honor. The accreditation will be in effect for four years.

The application and redesignation process began last April at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut. Nearly a year later in February, Magnet appraisers conducted a virtual site visit due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted a thorough review of Stamford Health’s nursing practice.

“A designation of this kind comes only after a rigorous assessment of patient outcomes, quality, safety, patient experience, employee engagement, and intraprofessional collaboration,” said Ellen Komar, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Stamford Health. “After an extraordinarily tough year, this achievement is a remarkable tribute to our nursing team’s dedication, resilience and spirit. On behalf of them all, we are so proud.”

A Magnet designated organization supports collaboration and an environment where nurses can grow professionally which has multiple benefits for Stamford Health, its patients and the communities it serves. In addition to the redesignation, attending Magnet appraisers noted five “exemplars” for superior performance. They included transformational leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic; and outperformance in the following quality and patient-experience indicators - reduction of falls with injury, reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and courtesy and respect.

“I am tremendously proud of everyone who contributed to this remarkable achievement,” said Kathleen Silard, President & CEO of Stamford Health. “I understand how meaningful this recognition is, not only to our nursing staff, but to all of Stamford Health. Magnet recognizes our collective commitment to consistently deliver greater quality, higher safety, and better outcomes for patients. Most of all, Magnet is a result of the commitment to excellent patient care, interdisciplinary teamwork, and successful collaboration and relationships with physicians,” added Silard.

“The nurses in Stamford's community have been one of the many heroes throughout this pandemic," said David R. Martin, Mayor of Stamford. "Every nurse has had to directly face the challenges of this past year and I am especially grateful for the nurses at Stamford Health. Magnet status is hard to achieve and we are fortunate to have healthcare worthy of such a distinction at Stamford Health. After such a challenging year, I want to commend all the nurses who have cared for our neighbors and loved ones. They've shown immense dedication not only for their patients — but to the community at large throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."

At Stamford Health, nurses are dedicated to improving culture, delivering exceptional care, and celebrating progress in patient experience. Learn more about the nursing team and their professional practice model.

About Stamford Health:

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,600 employees committed to caring for the community through a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families receive expert, compassionate care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is known for its expert, person-centered care through its many recognitions and partnerships. Stamford Hospital is the only hospital in Fairfield County, CT to receive a grade of A from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization for protecting patient safety. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Stamford Hospital as a High Performing Hospital. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated Stamford Hospital as a five-star hospital for Overall Quality. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Stamford Hospital Magnet Status, which recognizes superior patient care with the highest level of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Stamford Hospital is a Planetree Gold-Certified Person-Centered Hospital of Distinction, and one of only seven in the world to attain that distinction. 

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Stamford Health and Hospital for Special Surgery have created a premier center for specialty orthopedic care right in Stamford, CT. Additionally, Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center recently announced an expanded collaboration with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit StamfordHealth.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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