Sacramento, Calif., Dec. 20, 2023 – Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is being recognized internationally for its nursing excellence and providing patients with exceptional care by receiving the highly-sought after American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition® with Distinction.
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento is only the second hospital in the world to receive the Magnet Recognition with Distinction, considered the gold standard for nursing excellence, quality care, and innovations in nursing practice. It’s the second Kaiser Permanente hospital to receive Magnet Recognition. Less than 10% of hospitals in the United States have earned this prestigious designation.
To achieve Magnet Recognition with Distinction, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento demonstrated nursing excellence by outperforming national benchmarks in the areas of quality, safety, care experience, and nursing engagement; a set of rigorous criteria created by the ANCC. The designation is renewed every 4 years.
The designation reaffirms Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing commitment to the work underway at its Northern California hospitals to consistently deliver superior patient care and outcomes, demonstrate professional growth opportunities and recognition of nurses, support nurse retention, and attract and retain outstanding professional talent.
Achieving the prestigious designation required the participation of all nurses at the South Sacramento hospital and interdisciplinary team members.
“Our hospital leaders and physician partners have supported and empowered our front-line nurses to practice to the best of their capabilities,” said Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento’s Chief Nursing Executive Rachel Wyatt, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC. “I am incredibly proud of our nursing teams for their commitment to achieving this prestigious designation.”
The Magnet journey at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento started in March 2020.
Through a continued focus on nurse recognition, training, and professional development, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento demonstrated its commitment to meeting or exceeding Magnet criteria. The hospital’s Nursing Professional Certification Rate was 18% in 2021 and increased to 24% by 2023. In addition, nurses with bachelor’s degrees or higher rose from 52% in 2021 to 81% in 2023, which is above the threshold for excellence according to Magnet standards.
As part of the process for the designation, a three-day site visit was conducted in October. Not only were nurses involved but also hospital leaders, physicians, and community and business representatives.
“Our patients, families, and the communities we serve will benefit from the Magnet Recognition, which highlights the excellent nursing and quality care we provide every day,” said James (Jay) L. Robinson III, senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente’s Sacramento and South Sacramento service areas. “To be recognized for having the gold standard of nursing is a wonderful testament to all of our staff who focus on providing the highest-quality of care to the members, patients, and communities we serve.”