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St. John Medical Center Receives Prestigious ANCC Magnet Designation

Northeast Oklahoma’s only Magnet-certified facility; one of only three in the state


It’s one of the highest levels of recognition a medical center can achieve. St. John Medical Center has achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

St. John Medical Center is northeast Oklahoma’s first and only Magnet hospital, and one of only three hospitals statewide to receive Magnet designation.

“The Magnet recognition is a tremendous achievement for St. John Medical Center, but it doesn’t change who we are,” says Jessie Dragoo, RN, MSN, St. John vice president of nursing. “It simply recognizes the excellent work our nurses do each day and reflects the commitment of our entire staff to serve as a team, providing the highest quality care possible for the people of our community.”

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:
  • Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
  • Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. St. John Medical Center’s Magnet status is valid for four years.

Learn more about St. John's journey to Magnet here.

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