Baylor Health Care System

01/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2019 10:33

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest Receives Prestigious Distinction for Nursing Excellence

Hospital becomes first Baylor Scott & White Health hospital in Central Texas with Magnet designation

01/11/2019 - WACO, TEXAS

Joining only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Hillcrest received a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), becoming the eighth Baylor Scott & White Health facility to achieve this accomplishment.

'I am so pleased to see Hillcrest successfully complete its Magnet journey and to be the first Baylor Scott & White Health hospital in Central Texas to reach this amazing accomplishment,' said Janice Walker, DHA, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, system chief nursing officer, Baylor Scott & White. 'There is no stronger testament to the quality, patient outcome-driven care environment that organizations such as Hillcrest have in place than when they successfully achieve Magnet status.'

This designation highlights a healthcare organization's commitment to implementing and sharing nursing best practices in clinical practice, innovation, structural empowerment and the patient care experience. The Magnet Recognition Program, developed by the ANCC in 1990 to highlight excellence in nursing services, recognizes efforts by nursing leaders who align strategic goals to improve patient outcomes.

'Being a Magnet-designated hospital demonstrates the importance of the nursing profession and how nurses impact patient care and outcomes,' said Rebecca Hardie, Chief Nursing Officer, Baylor Scott & White- Hillcrest. 'With this designation, nurses come to understand this is a place where they can learn and grow professionally, which contributes to their ability to provide quality care to patients in support of the hospital's mission.'

According to ANCC, Magnet facilities are associated with higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information as well as lower risk of 30-day mortality. Baylor Scott & White- Hillcrest, joins seven Baylor Scott & White medical centers in North Texas with a Magnet designation and becomes the system's first Central Texas hospital with the designation. Currently, 482 of more than 6,000 healthcare organizations nationwide are designated Magnet, including 42 in Texas.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. An integrated care delivery network, the system includes the Scott and White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance. Through 48 hospitals and more than 1,000 access points including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, throughout Texas, and via virtual touchpoints. If its service area were a state, it would be the eighth largest, providing care to a population larger than that of the state of Georgia. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing, Baylor Scott & White is proud to honor its century-long legacy through its commitment to improving accessibility, affordability and the customer experience for all. For more information, visit

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