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Recognition for Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital reinforces commitment to nursing excellence

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre attained Magnet recognition again in March, a testament to the facilities’ continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
This is Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s second time receiving Magnet® recognition, which also includes Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. They are the only two hospitals in the region to have earned this prestigious quality designation. Just 10% of hospitals in the U.S. are Magnet designated.
“We are so proud to receive the honor of Magnet designation once again,” said Renee Blakiewicz, R.N., chief nursing officer of Geisinger’s northeast region. “This is an incredible achievement that reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community in northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s also tangible evidence of our dedication to creating a collaborative, supportive environment for our nursing staff.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organization 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
“Designation as a Magnet facility recognizes the excellence of our nursing staff and entire workforce,” said Janet Tomcavage, R.N., executive vice president and chief nursing executive. “A seal of approval like Magnet is yet another reassuring factor to our patients and the members of our community that Geisinger meets the highest standards for delivering top-notch patient centered care. It also acknowledges Geisinger as a health care system where nurses can excel in their professional practice.”
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. The Magnet model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes with a foundation composed of elements essential to 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.
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Magnet Commission.
Designation as a Magnet facility recognizes the excellence and commitment of our nursing staff and entire workforce.

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 serves as the gold standard 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 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.


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