Penrose-St. Francis is now the first hospital in southern Colorado to attain Magnet recognition for its nursing. According to a press release from the hospital, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, or ANCC, currently recognizes less than a tenth of the nation’s hospitals with Magnet distinction. Hospitals must apply for the credential and undergo a rigorous review process, including onsite. To maintain the rating, facilities must reapply every four years and demonstrate improvement in patient care and outcomes.
Penrose-St. Francis joins seven other Magnet-recognized hospitals in the state. Since 2008, it’s also been the only Colorado facility ranked on HealthGrades list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals.