Greenville Memorial Hospital achieves Magnet ® Recognition

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Health System’s (GHS) Greenville Memorial Hospital (GMH) has been granted Magnet ® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), reflecting a commitment to nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program ® is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for delivery of care. Just 471 out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition, placing GMH on an elite list of top nursing hospitals in the country.

“Magnet designation is the outcome of a commitment to quality and excellence, providing the best care possible for each patient and family we serve. On behalf of more than 2,500 nurses, we are extremely proud. We are now among the elite group of hospitals that are Magnet designated, and I am grateful to the clinical nurses and nurse leaders whose relentless pursuit of excellence is apparent every day,” said Lori Knarr Stanley, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of GMH.

Jeff Everett, BSN, RN, PCCN became a third career nurse after experiencing firsthand nursing’s impact on patients and caregivers. Everett interacted with nurses over countless hours at GMH caring for both his mother and father. The clinical knowledge and compassionate care each nurse brought into the room inspired him to pursue his nursing degree after previous careers in real estate and the electrical industry. Everett joined the staff at GMH in 2014 and served as a peer leader for the Magnet designation’s Champions of Excellence committee, helping to advance Magnet standards throughout the organization.

“Magnet designation is so important because it’s professional, international validation of what we already know – that we deliver excellent care and have been for decades,” said Everett. “I was inspired by the nursing staff as a family caregiver and as a student, and now as a professional I’m proud to serve alongside this group of exceptional nurses. The community should be proud of them as well.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition also provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their patients, including higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, a lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower fail to rescue rates, and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. The elements evaluated within this model include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

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

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

About Greenville Health System
Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit for more information.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit

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