Orlando Health ORMC Earns National Recognition for Patient Care

By Kim Marcum, Editorial Contributor

Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) has achieved Magnet® designation, the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can earn for nursing practice and quality patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced the honor in February.

Orlando Health ORMC joins its sister hospitals — Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies — in achieving Magnet status. A designated advanced comprehensive stroke center and Orlando’s only Level I Trauma Center, Orlando Health ORMC is the only adult acute care hospital in Orlando to receive the Magnet recognition.

In addition to its Magnet designation, Orlando Health ORMC is recognized for exceptional bedside care by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The hospital holds more active Beacon Awards for Excellence than any other in Florida.

Research shows that hospitals and healthcare organizations with honors such as Beacon and Magnet have better outcomes, patient satisfaction and nurse retention.

“Earning Magnet status is not an overnight success, but a demonstration of a longstanding and ongoing dedication to ensure the highest quality of patient care,” says Kelly Nierstedt, MSN, RN, president of Orlando Health ORMC.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. With this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across several components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

Throughout the evaluation process, “we were recognized for many examples of nursing excellence, collaboration across clinical specialties and hospital departments, and quality patient outcomes,” says Tina Santos, MSN, MBA, RN, chief nursing officer of Orlando Health ORMC. 

Magnet appraisers identified several themes during the site visit, including:

  • A strong bond among staff, and excellent teamwork and collaboration
  • Hardwired interprofessional practices to improve quality outcomes
  • Meaningful recognition at the unit and hospital level
  • Organizational commitment to team members’ resilience and wellness