St. John Medical Center Receives Second Consecutive Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence


Tulsa, Okla. (June 17, 2015) -- St. John Medical Center has again achieved one of the highest levels of recognition a medical center can achieve with its Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing services, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

St. John Medical Center is northeast Oklahoma’s first and only Magnet hospital, and one of only two hospitals statewide with the prestigious Magnet designation. Only 414 hospitals worldwide currently hold the Magnet designation. St. John Medical Center received its first Magnet designation in 2010.

“Earning the prestigious Magnet status four years ago was gratifying as it verified the hard work and quality of care provided by our entire staff,” said St. John Medical Center Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nurse Executive Pam Kiser, RN, MS, CPHQ. “Maintaining this prestigious Magnet status further underscores our ongoing commitment in nursing care excellence, adherence to national quality standards, patient safety, nursing leadership and competence, and positive outcomes in nursing care delivered to each of our patients.”

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes 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.

To become Magnet designated, St. John provided extensive documentation to satisfy each of the 59 sources of evidence fall under five Magnet Model components. Documentation detailed how each source of evidence is manifested within St. John, including transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical quality outcomes.

Research from the ANCC 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.

St. John submitted more than 2,000 pages of documentation to the ANCC last spring and received a site visit from ANCC surveyors in April 2015. St. John Medical Center’s Magnet status is valid until January 2018.


About St. John Medical Center

Located in Tulsa, St. John Medical Center is a not-for-profit Catholic health care facility sponsored by Ascension Health. St. John serves as an important safety net and community resource by providing tertiary and trauma services for northeastern Oklahoma and the surrounding region. St. John Medical Center offers a complete spectrum of medical and surgical services, including cardiovascular, stroke, cancer, surgical, maternity, diagnostic, gastroenterology, neurosurgical, orthopedic, rehabilitative and emergency care.

Back To News