What is Magnet Designation?

The Magnet designation is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. It recognizes excellence in nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations and positive outcomes.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs are two of just over 400 Magnet hospitals nationwide and two of just four in Arkansas. As a Magnet institution, it employs the highest standards of quality and ensures that patient care and safety are the top priority. Studies show that Magnet hospitals have better overall patient outcomes than non-Magnet hospitals.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Arkansas’s first hospital to achieve Magnet status, earned its first re-designation as a Magnet hospital for its continued commitment to nursing excellence on May 24, 2018. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs achieved Magnet status for the first time on October 14, 2020.

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What Are the Benefits of Being a Magnet Hospital?

The Magnet designation is an independent verification of the excellence demonstrated every day by our nurses at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. Our journey to this designation made us a better hospital, as we identified ways to strengthen our nursing program.

Multiple research studies indicate that Magnet hospitals have:

  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Decreased mortality rates
  • Improved overall patient safety
  • Higher job satisfaction for nurses