On March 15, 2018, Greenville Memorial Hospital, including Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, achieved Magnet® Designation. This prestigious honor awarded by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® represents the gold standard for nursing excellence. Less than eight percent of hospitals worldwide have received this designation. Greenville Memorial Hospital (and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital) is now one of five Magnet designated hospitals in South Carolina.
Magnet designation is based on excellent nursing care and patient outcomes. This designation recognizes the dedication of over 350 pediatric nurses and our commitment to excellence, quality, and safety in the care we provide to the children and families of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. This Magnet designation will support our hospital’s campaign to attract and retain the top talent in pediatric nursing by providing a desirable and empowering work environment for our nurses. Magnet-designated hospitals outperform the national benchmarks in quality, patient experience and nursing satisfaction, which will draw more patients who seek the highest level of care.
Magnet recognized the Small Baby Unit in Children’s Hospital’s Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a “gem.” The Small Baby Unit is a special unit within the NICU that focuses on the specialized needs of infants born earlier than 28 weeks (7 months) gestational age, or weighing less than 1000 grams (2.2 pounds) at birth. The multidisciplinary team in the small baby unit includes neonatologists; neonatal nurse practitioners; neonatal nurses; respiratory therapists; lactation consultants; neonatal nutritionist; and speech, occupational and physical therapists. The team works together to provide evidence-based practices to ensure the best outcomes for these special patients.
I am proud and honored to work alongside so many dedicated, compassionate and innovative nurses who care for our children daily. Their commitment to serving the children of our community is second to none. The honor of Magnet designation is well deserved and affirms that Prisma Health Children’s Hospital provides high quality, safe and innovative care to children and their families.
Carl Cromer, MS, FNP-BC is the Director of Nursing at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital.