Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Clinical Expertise

May 6, 2016

On April 28, 2016, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital received official Magnet recognition as a reflection of our nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence.

With this credential, Brook is one of only 436 healthcare organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. Hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition. Brooks is the first in Florida, and one of only four freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the country, to achieve this designation.

“This achievement is a testament to the exemplary nursing care delivered at Brooks every day,” said Corinne Romano, MSN, RN, CRRN, VP of Nursing for Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. “It is evidence of our promise to deliver the highest quality care resulting in the best outcomes and patient experience, all while ensuring an excellent work environment for our nursing staff.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction, higher nursing job satisfaction and lower risk of adverse events. Brooks was recognized for exemplary performance in the following key areas:

  1. Professional nursing certifications, specifically an increase in the number of wound care certified nurses
  2. Nursing satisfaction data that outperformed national benchmark statistics
  3. Outcome measurements for bladder and bowel function that outperformed national benchmark data for all Brooks nursing units in all quarters for the past two years.

Brooks first applied for Magnet designation in 2013. Organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy application process that includes an electronic application, followed by extensive written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.

If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, a multi-day on-site visit occurs to thoroughly assess the Magnet applicant. During Brooks’ on-site visit in February, all documentation was reviewed and interviews were conducted with nurses, patients and community partners. The Commission on Magnet Recognition then reviewed the completed appraisal report and voted to grant Brooks Magnet recognition.


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