Houston’s Sugar Land Methodist Hospital Earns New Magnet® Designation – The National Highest Honor for Excellence in Nursing

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has earned the new Magnet® designation. This distinction reflects the professionalism of nursing care, teamwork and the superiority of patient care at the hospital. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes organizations that meet rigorous standards of nursing excellence.

The achievement in April means Houston Methodist Sugar Land joins 580 hospitals with the Magnet designation. Only 8.9% of hospitals in the United States are Magnet-designated.

“We feel so blessed and grateful for each of our employees who are the loving heart and hands of our hospital. This second Magnet designation is in honor and recognition of their excellent work over the past four years. It’s time to celebrate an outstanding achievement,” said Janet Leatherwood, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard of excellence in nursing and is a factor when the public evaluates healthcare organizations. Research shows that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

• Greater patient satisfaction with nursing communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information

• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower salvage failure rates

• Higher job satisfaction among nurses

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must go through a rigorous and time-consuming process that requires broad participation from management and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written documentation, on-site visit and review by the Magnet Commission.

With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and 2,500 employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land provides access to comprehensive cancer care; neuroscience and spine care; orthopedics and sports medicine; cardiac and vascular care; women’s services; bariatric and digestive care; and advanced imaging.

Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Visit https://www.houstonmethodist.org/locations/sugar-land/nursing-contributions to learn more about the contributions of HMSL nurses.

Rachel J. Bradford