Mercy earns Magnet designation

Mercy Medical Center - Clinton Vice President of Patient Care Services Amy Berentes speaks to the audience before the Magnet announcement Wednesday morning.

John Rohlf/Clinton Herald

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center in Clinton officially became the sixth Magnet hospital in Iowa during an announcement Wednesday morning. 

Mercy employees, physicians and volunteers gathered in the conference room at the hospital to hear the anticipated announcement about whether Mercy would be given the Magnet recognition. They held a conference call between the staff of Mercy Medical Center and a representative from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission. Donna Havens, chairwoman of the Commission for the Magnet recognition program, announced to the room full of Mercy employees that the hospital was unanimously approved to receive the Magnet designation. 

Mercy has been working towards the Magnet designation for the past couple of years. In July, the hospital submitted an application to be considered. This past February, appraisers from ANCC Magnet visited Mercy to interview various people involved in the hospital, including nurses, leadership and community members. According to Vice President of Patient Care Services Amy Berentes, the ANCC Magnet Standards are “considered the highest standards of excellence in nursing today.” 

The Magnet designation makes Mercy one of six hospitals in Iowa to receive the honor. Of all the healthcare facilities in the country, only 7 percent of them have received the designation. Berentes credited President and CEO of Mercy Sean Williams for a culture change that made this recognition possible. 

“We would not be here today without his leadership and support,” Berentes said. “I could not ask to stand behind a better leader.” 

 Williams told the audience this was a “monumental event.” He stressed that Mercy’s top priority is to be a ministry. He continued that at Mercy they set a high standard and said that Mercy is a highly reliable, top-performing organization. 

“This is a big deal,” Williams said. “We are very excited. And Amy, particularly to you and your team, congratulations.” 

Bruce Christensen, chairman of the Board of Directors, echoed what Williams said, seeing this as a major event for Mercy. 

“This is huge,” Christensen said. “You are the best of the best. Congratulations.” 

Herald Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com.

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