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NASHUA, N.H. — Southern New Hampshire Medical Center was recently awarded magnet recognition status for its nursing program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, making it one of only 231 hospitals nationwide that are designated Magnet facilities.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center,” said Southern New Hampshire Medical Center chief nursing officer Colette Tilton, “but it doesn’t change who we are. It recognizes the excellent work our nurses do each day and reflects the commitment of our staff to have the most satisfied workforce and patients in America.”

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. To achieve magnet status, a hospital must undergo a rigorous internal review process and show how it is committed to sustaining nursing excellence, improving professional practice, and transforming the culture of a work environment.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded magnet status and to the communities they serve:

Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.

Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.

Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high-caliber physicians and specialists, magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

The award is the highest level of recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States and is valid for four years.

For further information about the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, visit its Web site at www.snhmc.org or call the free physician referral line, HealthMatch, at (603) 577-CALL (2255).

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