Emory Clinic is first ambulatory facility in Georgia to achieve Magnet designation

Emory Clinic is the first ambulatory or outpatient practice in Georgia to receive the Magnet recognition as a reflection of its “nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care,” according to a news release.

Emory Clinic and Emory Healthcare leaders and staff learned of the achievement during a call with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which credentials health care organizations for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, according to the news release.

Emory Clinic—a part of Emory Healthcare—consists of nearly 2,100 specialists, sub-specialists and primary care physicians and additional team members including 1,200 nurses, more than 1,100 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and others. 

Officials from Emory Healthcare said a small and select group of health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition, which requires “rigorous standards for nursing excellence.”

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care and service provided to our patients,” said Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Lewin. “To be the first ambulatory Magnet facility in the state is a remarkable achievement. We are proud of our care teams as they remain committed to our common purpose of improving lives and providing hope.”

In the Magnet survey process, Emory Clinic was recognized for its “excellence in quality of care received in ambulatory surgery centers, opportunities for nursing professional development and a fair and just culture environment where nurses practice,” according to the news release.

“Achieving Magnet recognition is tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients and their families,” said Emory Healthcare Chief Nurse Executive Sharon Pappas. “It reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community.”

The news release states that research demonstrates the Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as: 

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication and care coordination
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Higher patient quality outcomes

Officials from Emory Healthcare said that Emory Clinic is the fifth Emory Healthcare entity that has achieved Magnet recognition. Others include Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Emory Clinic is joining 12 Magnet organizations in Georgia.


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