Baptist Medical Center in Jackson recently received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence called “Magnet.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals satisfying a set of criteria designed to measure quality patient care and professional nursing practice. Only seven percent of hospitals in America have been granted Magnet recognition and Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation.

“This honor is the ultimate affirmation of quality and excellence in the care of patients from nursing and from everyone in the organization. Words cannot express the gratitude we have towards all our staff taking us on this journey to improve patient outcomes at the same time increasing job satisfaction,” said Baptist Health Systems Chief Nursing Officer and Baptist Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Bobbie Ware, MHSA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE. “Baptist is committed to being leaders in healthcare, and reaching Magnet Status validates the organization’s work to provide the best care from a team effort and through evidenced-based practices.”

"Patients today have many options when it comes to choosing a health care provider. It's Baptist's goal to provide integrity, compassion, excellence, stewardship and innovation to our patients and their loved ones. We are extremely proud to have earned our profession's highest level of recognition,” said Ware.