Nurses and doctors met in the spacious Belaire Cafe courtyard for food, drinks, and conversation. Staff of HSS gathered to celebrate a truly momentous event: HSS’s re-designation as a member of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Magnet program is widely accepted throughout the health-care industry as the gold standard for nursing. Designation is given only to hospitals that exceed national nursing standards in areas including high nurse recruitment and retention rates, high job satisfaction and excellent nurse-to-patient ratios. Early in 2007, after its initial designation five years prior, HSS became the first hospital in New York City to be re-designated for Magnet Recognition.
As the setting sun shone over the city, HSS staff enjoyed a beautiful New York evening next to the East River amidst the trees and calming sound of the courtyard fountain.
The camaraderie among the members of the HSS family could be felt as doctors, nurses and other hospital staff mingled with one another and shared laughs. It was apparent that, despite their tireless work to maintain and improve upon their reputation as a nationally top-ranked health-care facility, HSS staff members truly enjoy the friendship of their colleagues.
The ceremony began with introductions from Lou Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of HSS, and Lisa Goldstein, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Next was the doctors’ turn to congratulate the nurses of HSS. Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief, spoke about his work during a typical day at the hospital, which he said was possible due only to the energy, professionalism and care exuded by the nurses with whom he works.
Stephen A. Paget, M.D., FACP, FACR, physician-in-chief, praised the members of the nursing staff for their undying commitment to a “noble profession.”
Gregory Liguori, M.D., director of anesthesiology, ended by drawing laughter from the audience when he addressed Dr. Sculco, who had stated he was partial to nurses because he had married one, in a jokingly competitive tone. “I married a nurse too, but she was an HSS nurse.”
Eileen Moynihan, R.N., BSN, PACU-Step Down residency program, next gave a testimonial about how Magnet designation had positively affected her very recent decision to join HSS. Moynihan graciously spoke of her wonderful experience as a new nurse at the hospital. “I really can’t say enough good things about HSS.”
Ellen Hartley, R.N., B.S., clinical nurse III in the Ambulatory Surgical Center, spoke of her experience as a veteran nurse with HSS. Hartley related the benefits and joys of working for a hospital with the highest-quality nursing staff.
The hospital was then presented with the Magnet award by the co-chair of the International Governing Council of ANCC, Cecilia Mulvey, Ph.D., R.N. Mulvey congratulated HSS for its ability to continually improve upon its past accomplishments. She also added that the road did not stop here, but that this achievement was, in fact, another stepping-stone on the hospital’s unending journey in pursuit of total excellence.
The ceremony concluded with Stephanie Goldberg, R.N., chief nursing officer, accepting the award and delivering a moving speech thanking all of the audience members for their efforts, reminding them that this honor belonged not just to the nurses but to all at HSS who had made it possible.
A constant theme throughout the evening’s speeches was the integral role nurses played in HSS’s success as one of the top health-care facilities in the country. From the administration to the doctors, everyone who spoke agreed on one point: HSS was an outstanding hospital because of the outstanding work of its nursing staff.