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Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the third time. The ANCC designation came with 13 exemplars, examples of excellence in nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Developed by the ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. Only 601 hospitals worldwide have earned the Magnet designation.

 “I am thrilled. Thirteen exemplars is beyond expectations,” said Mather Hospital CNO/VP for Nursing Marie Mulligan, PhD, RN. “I am extremely proud of my team and the entire hospital …I am beyond honored and privileged to be the CNO of an organization that far exceeds excellence in nursing practice.”

Mather had previously earned Magnet® recognition in 2013 and 2018.

“This puts us in truly elite company,” said Mather Hospital Executive Director Kevin McGeachy. “Only 3 percent of acute care hospitals in the United States have achieved three or more Magnet® designations. There are approximately 10,000 acute care hospitals in the United States. I couldn’t be prouder of the work that our nursing staff does every day single day to improve patient care and outcomes. We are among the best. Our data shows it.”

“We are very excited for our third Magnet® designation. It means that our nurses and the entire professional team is dedicated to patient care and to excellent outcomes,” said Maureen Altieri, RN, Director of Service Excellence and Magnet® for Mather Hospital. “The fact that we did this during the pandemic is remarkable, that we were able to maintain a high level of care for our patients and their families.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet® recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

    Improved patient experience

    Better patient outcomes

    Higher job satisfaction among nurses

To achieve Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet® Recognition.

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Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson has announced a new free training program for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) that will pay students during their training and guarantee them a position at the hospital upon successful completion of the course and New York State certification exam.

“Today’s healthcare workforce shortage is not just a regional or statewide issue; it is a global concern that presents challenges for patient care delivery. There is  a significant shortage of ancillary support staff such as CNAs, who are needed to assist our professional healthcare team in delivering the care that we are committed to providing to our community residents,” said Mather Hospital CNO/ VP for Nursing Marie Mulligan, PhD, RN.

“Individuals who successfully complete the four-week program and pass the New York State CNA exam  will be offered entry level healthcare jobs. Participants who successfully complete the  Certified Nursing Assistant program will have employment and benefits that will open opportunities for them to advance in their healthcare careers,” she said.

John R. Balcuk, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Assistant Director of Nursing Talent, Nursing Recruitment and Retention, said the program will follow the American Red Cross training program, but instead of being an online course, students will learn in-person at the hospital. The trainees will be paid as Safety Care Associates – a new position at the hospital – and will meet their required 30 hours of clinical experience with patients in the hospital’s Transitional Care Unit.

The program, named the Mather Assistant Nurse Institute, will utilize supplemental curriculum designed by the American Red Cross that is used nationwide to train CNA’s. Trainees will learn from Mather Hospital’s clinical nurse educators who are trained American Red Cross CNA program instructors.

The program is scheduled to begin in November. Anyone interested should contact Balcuk at 631-473-1320, ext. 5636, or [email protected]

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has awarded a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence to Mather Hospital’s Critical Care team in Port Jefferson.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“I want to extend my congratulations to Mather Hospital’s Critical Care team on earning a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses,” said Mather Hospital CNO/VP for Nursing Marie Mulligan, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC. “This designation is the highest level of recognition that Critical Care services can achieve for this award.”

“Achieving the gold level AACN Beacon Award for Excellence is a tremendous honor and validates our nursing team’s efforts for providing high quality care and optimal patient outcomes,” said Laura O’Brien RN MSN CRN, NE-BC, Nursing Director of Critical Care at Mather Hospital.

AACN President Beth Wathen, MSN, APRN, CCRN-K, applauded the commitment of the Critical Care caregivers at Mather Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “The Beacon Award for Excellence is a testament to a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” Wathen said.