UMC becomes first Magnet hospital in West Texas

  • Magnet recognition is earned after intense 5-year review process centered around clinical excellence
  • Magnet is proof of better patient care and recognizes the best places for nurses to work

UMC Health System has joined the ranks of the top seven percent of hospitals in the nation by earning the coveted "Magnet®" recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes top health care organizations in the nation for achieving nursing excellence.

"We are very proud of our nursing staff and our inter-professional teams for the level of care they provide to Lubbock and the West Texas community," said Dr. Tammy Williams, UMC executive vice president and chief nursing officer. "Our nursing staff is committed to excellence in every aspect of patient care. We are truly a Magnet organization, providing the highest quality of care for our patients and families every day."

UMC is the first hospital in the West Texas to achieve Magnet designation, and joins 41 other hospitals in Texas which have obtained the designation by the Magnet Recognition Program® and 471 hospitals worldwide. The designation is awarded to select hospitals following an intensive review of documentation, data, clinical practices, patient outcomes, nursing research and a on-site visit.

Dr. Colleen LeClair-Smith, UMC vice president of nursing excellence, said Magnet organizations are recognized for nursing processes leading to exceptional patient outcomes, quality, patient satisfaction and RN satisfaction. Research regarding Magnet Hospitals finds patients benefit from visiting a hospital with Magnet status. Magnet hospitals report improved clinical outcomes, fewer patient falls, fewer medication errors, lower mortality rates, and higher patient and RN satisfaction. Magnet hospitals also tend to have lower nursing turnover and an improved nurse work environment.

Magnet appraisers also gave UMC two "exemplars," which are instances of positive work unique to an organization. Specifically, the appraisers applauded Nurses Educating in Drugs and Synthetics (NEIDS) for their work to document, study and prevent illegal and dangerous drug use in our schools and community. Members of the NEIDS team also testified before the Texas Legislature and helped pass laws to ban certain synthetic drugs after watching patients die from them in the UMC ER. In addition, the appraisers praised UMC’s employee satisfaction among nurses, citing in their report that 28 of 29 selected nursing units exceeded national benchmarks for employee satisfaction.

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare 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

UMC Health System has developed a strong and enduring culture, adhering to the motto Service is Our Passion, our ‘why.’ This sustains UMC as the employer of choice—consistently ranking among the best places to work in Texas by the Best Companies Group – and the provider of choice – ranking among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience by HealthGrades.

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