Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital achieves Magnet® recognition, the highest national honor for nursing excellence

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Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital achieves Magnet® recognition, the highest national honor for nursing excellence

It is the third Prisma Health hospital to receive Magnet recognition and is now among only six in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C.—Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital has been awarded national Magnet recognition for its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Only a small and select group of U.S. healthcare organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. With this credential, Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations as of October. It is the third Prisma Health hospital to receive Magnet recognition, joining Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital and Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital. There are only six Magnet-designated hospitals in South Carolina.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

“Prisma Health is focused on excellence in nursing practice. Magnet designation is the outcome of this commitment. We could not be prouder of our Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital nursing and support teams who have been working so diligently toward this well-deserved recognition,” said Prisma Health Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Carolyn Swinton.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Tina Ralyea, chief nursing officer for Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. We are extremely proud of this achievement, which serves as tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

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.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC) evaluates applicants across several components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These 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.

About Prisma Health

Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 hospitals, 2,947 beds and more than 300 physician practice sites, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually. Its goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. For more information, visit

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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