Published on March 15, 2016

St. Mary’s Medical Center Receives Magnet® Redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

St. Mary’s Medical Center is extremely proud to announce we have received our first Magnet® Redesignation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The official announcement was made via a conference call with the ANCC at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in St. Mary’s Manor Auditorium.

Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Magnet® Recognition Program honors healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. Magnet® designation is the gold standard for nursing care.

Our Journey to Nursing Excellence began in 2005, which resulted in our Magnet® designation in 2011. St. Mary’s Medical Center was the first hospital in Evansville to achieve this high honor. Years of continued hard work have led us to this point when we can all celebrate in the accomplishment of achieving our first Magnet® Redesignation.

“This has truly been a team effort, and I would like to thank anyone and everyone who has had a hand in our Magnet® Redesignation journey,” said Darcy Ellison, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Mary’s Health. “I am very proud to work among such a high caliber family of nursing and healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality, personalized care. Each and every one of them has made this possible once again.”

As a Magnet® Redesignated facility, St. Mary’s is among a very elite group. Approximately 7% of all registered hospitals in the United States have achieved ANCC Magnet® Recognition status. It is a clear testament to our community that St. Mary’s places the care of our patients at the center of what we do by creating an environment where our staff are empowered to provide the highest quality care. St. Mary’s is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

According to the ANCC, “Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet® Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality care that they can expect to receive.”

About ANCC

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials. ANCC was incorporated in June 1990.

About St. Mary’s Health

St. Mary’s Health, in partnership with St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, is a member of Ascension Health – the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. We are a faith-based health ministry serving communities in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. With a medical staff of more than 750 physicians, St. Mary’s specializes in cardiac, surgical, orthopedic, rehabilitation, neurosciences, women’s, children’s, seniors, emergency, and trauma services. For more than 140 years, St. Mary’s has been guided by its mission of serving all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. For more information, please visit our website at

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.


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