Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance nurses among nation’s best

November 04, 2016

PLCM Torrance designated one of just 30 Magnet hospitals in California.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance this week received Magnet recognition, the nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program recognized the hospital’s nursing team for exemplary patient care, nursing practice collaboration, patient outcomes and nursing research.

Leaders at Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance received the news in their weekly meeting Wednesday morning.

“We set up a conference call – the famous “Magnet call” – during our meeting and as soon as the announcement came you could hear the cheering down the hall,” Chief Nursing Officer Michael Jongsma said.

“This recognition affirms what our nurses and all our caregivers do every day—deliver compassionate, whole person care,” he added. “It also validates Providence Little Company of Mary’s ongoing commitment to a work environment where nurses can thrive and practice at the highest level of excellence.”

Magnet recognition is considered the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. U.S. News & World Report uses Magnet designation as a primary competence indicator in its assessment of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Just 8 percent of hospitals in the United States have received Magnet recognition.

The Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect. The program is based on quality standards of nursing practice as defined by the American Nurses Association, as well as evidence-based standards from other professional nursing associations.

The focus of Magnet is on transformational leadership throughout nursing services, structures that empower nurses to be involved in decisions regarding practice, equipment and design that can affect nursing practice, exemplary professional practice, patient care outcomes that are better than national and state benchmarks and research to advance bedside care.

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to nursing excellence, collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork and exemplary, compassionate care of our patients and their families,” said Mary Kingston, RN, the hospital’s chief executive.

“Together, as we walk through the door of achieving Magnet recognition, stop and touch the threshold. Reflect on the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary who began our ministry - their valiance and fortitude - as well as the nurses who worked here before us and helped build the foundation for today. Let’s remember the journey, because while the recognition is sweet, the journey made us into who we are today.”